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How Hooda became Congress’s Bhupinder in Haryana: 5 big opponents out in 10 years, high command also helpless

Nita Yadav

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Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda

Prominent Haryana Congress leader Kiran Chaudhary has left the party and joined the BJP. While resigning, Kiran has said that Haryana Congress has become a one-man party. The beam was aimed at former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Kiran was fighting from the Hooda camp for the last 2 years, but after the Lok Sabha elections, the situation within the party did not favor her.

Assembly elections are to be held in Haryana after 4 months from now. There are total 90 assembly seats in the state.

After Kiran’s departure, it has now been decided that Hooda is a Congress stronghold in Haryana. Because of Hooda, 5 big leaders including Kiran have left the party in the last 10 years. It includes names like Rao Indrajit Singh, Ashok Tanwar and Kuldeep Bishnoi.

Not only that, the Congress high command is also helpless against Hooda’s political maneuvers. From ticket distribution to post distribution, Haryana Congress is dominated by Hooda. How and why this happened, let’s understand in detail in this story‚Ķ

How did Hooda become Congress president, 4 points

1. 5 major opponents left

5 major opponents of Bhupinder Hooda have left Congress after 2014 in Haryana. In which the names of Union Minister Rao Indrajit Singh, former CM Bhajan Lal’s son Kuldeep Vishnoi, former state president Ashok Tanwar, former women state president Sumetra Chauhan and Kiran Chaudhary are prominent.

Rao Indrajit Singh was the first to quit the Congress. Inderjit Singh was completely sidelined in the Congress government. Indrajit Singh was Congress MP from Gurgaon at that time. After the clash with Hooda, Rao formed a front against Robert Vadra of the Gandhi family.

After this, his relations with the Congress high command deteriorated and eventually Rao left the party. Ashok Tanwar has given another big blow to Congress after Rao. Before the 2019 elections, Ashok Tanwar left the party expressing his displeasure with Hooda.

At the behest of the Hooda camp, the high command took away the chair of the state president from Tanwar. Bhupinder Hooda was made the state president in Tanwar’s place. After Tanwar’s departure, Mahila Morcha state president Sumitra Chauhan also left the party.

In 2022, Chaudhary Bhajanlal’s son and prominent Haryana leader Kuldeep Bishnoi also left the party. Kuldeep was angry at not being made Haryana Congress president. Kuldeep said the Hooda group should be given the Leader of the Opposition or Speaker’s chair. However, the party did not listen to him.

After Kuldeep, Kiran decided to leave the party. Kiran wanted to get her daughter and former MP Shruti a ticket from Mahendragarh-Bhiwani in the Lok Sabha elections, but Hudda’s close aide Dan Singh Yadav got the ticket from here.

Kiran Chaudhary also teamed up with Randeep Surjewala and Shailja to form the SRK group opposite Hooda. However, this group could not be very effective.

2. Hooda also holds the key to the organisation

Bhupinder Hooda is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the Haryana Assembly, but he also holds the keys to the organisation. His special Udaybhan is currently the President of Haryana Congress. In the political circles of Haryana, Udaybhan is also called Hooda’s nose and ears.

Interestingly, Haryana is the only unit of the Congress which does not have an organization of its own. For a long time there is no organization here at district or block level. 10 months ago, Haryana Congress president Udayabhan formed a 22-member team, but this team also failed to prepare an organization.

In 2019, Ashok Tanwar alleged that because of Hooda, the organization could not be formed at the district and block level. Hooda wants to keep his people everywhere.

3. Dominance in ticket distribution as well

Be it the Lok Sabha elections, the Rajya Sabha elections or the assembly elections… Hooda dominates the Haryana Congress ticket distribution. In the recent Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party contested on 9 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana.

Out of which 8 seats were candidates of Hooda camp. Kumari Shaileja got only one seat from Sirsa. In 2020, Hooda nominated his son for Kumari Shaileja’s Rajya Sabha seat. At that time, apart from Shaileja, Randeep Singh Surjewala was also a contender.

In the 2019 assembly elections also, the Hooda camp got the highest number of votes.

4. Even the Congress High Command is helpless

During the Rajya Sabha elections in 2016, 14 Congress MLAs cast wrong votes. Congress-backed candidate had to bear the brunt of this MLA mistake. Hooda came under fire in this case, as most of the erring MLAs were close to him.

Initially, the Congress high command talked of an inquiry and strict action, but later the matter was put on hold.

Another case was seen after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 23 Congress leaders led by Ghulam Nabi Azad opened a front against the party high command, especially Rahul Gandhi. Hooda was also included in this G-23.

Hooda’s pressure worked and the party released him in Haryana. Since then, Hooda has been very influential in Haryana.

The third case has come up this year. State in-charge Deepak Babria had talked about rebuilding the organization before the elections, following which controversies arose in several places. The dispute was between Hooda and other groups. The controversy escalated to such an extent that Babaria had to cancel his programs.

After this incident, Babaria did not bother to prepare the organization.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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