Asserting that there was no dearth of Congress leaders from southern Haryana, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh would repent his decision to ‘quit Congress politics’.
Fielding questions for the first time since Rao Inderjit announced his decision that he will not contest the next elections on a Congress ticket, Hooda refused a direct comment on the veteran leader’s exit after 35 years in the party. “In politics, one cannot ignore the possibilities,” the chief minister said. “I have no official confirmation about Inderjit quitting the party and have not received any written communication in this regard,” he added before describing Rao Inderjit as a friend.
The chief minister, however, pointed out that the Congress had a number of leaders from southern Haryana and listed Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, Rao Dan Singh, Shruti Choudhry, Rao Narender and Anita Yadav among them.
On whether the Gurgaon MP had indulged in anti-party activity, Hooda said state party president Phool Chand Mullana was in a better position to answer the query. Asked whether Congress’ base will be weakened due to Rao’s possibility of leaving the party, he said Congress is a huge party and “whatever position Rao had attained today was due to his link with Congress”.
When his attention was drawn towards the appointment of a new president for the state unit, which has been pending, Hooda said the party had already passed a resolution in this regard and had forwarded it to AICC president Sonia Gandhi. “As long as no decision is taken, Mullana will continue in the post. He is a senior leader and the party has grown strong under him,” Hooda said. “Those who are eyeing Mullana’s post must have some vested interests,” he said, downplaying the demands to remove Mullana from within the party.