CHANDIGARH: The infighting in Haryana Congress has intensified with two groups within the party planning their own yatras, each claiming to promote the message of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.
The SRK group — comprising Kumari Selja, Randeep Surjewala and Kiran Chaudhary — the arch rivals of former chief minister and current Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda, on Wednesday kick-started their ‘Jan Sandesh Yatra’. This was despite a warning from the state party president Deepak Babaria against undertaking any campaign or programme separate from the official programme of the party. The party is currently undertaking a ‘Ghar Ghar Congress, Har Ghar Congress’ campaign, launched by Haryana Congress president Udai Bhan, a Hooda confidante.
Addressing a gathering at the grain market in Hisar, AICC general secretary and former Union minister Kumari Selja said that the Jan Sandesh Yatra will go to all the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state. “Through the yatra, the message of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and party national president Mallikarjun Kharge will be conveyed to the common man,” she said.
“Rahul Gandhi undertook Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. He has now set out on Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from Manipur to Maharashtra. Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala, former minister Kiran Choudhary, and I thought that we should organise a similar yatra in Haryana. Through this yatra, we will disseminate the party’s message,” Selja said.
“We will inform people about the Congress’ welfare schemes and expose the anti-people policies of the BJP,” she said, claiming that the yatra will strengthen the party in all the 10 parliamentary seats in Haryana.
Meanwhile, Deepak Babaria, without mentioning the SRK group, has issued a warning. “I urge all party workers to take part in ‘Gar Ghar Congress’ campaign and stay away from other programmes, which gives a chance for other parties to criticise us. All the workers should maintain discipline,” said Babaria.
Interestingly, the pictures of Hooda, Bhan and Babaria are missing in the posters of the Jan Sandesh Yatra.
The SRK group — comprising Kumari Selja, Randeep Surjewala and Kiran Chaudhary — on Wednesday kick-started ‘Jan Sandesh Yatra’, against the party’s official ‘Ghar Ghar Congress’ yatra