“Congress Has Lost Its Way”: Haryana’s BS Hooda Backs BJP On Kashmir
Congress’s Haryana stalwart Bhupinder Singh Hooda raised eyebrows today by declaring support for the government’s move to end special status for Jammu and Kashmir – deviating widely from the party line ahead of the coming election sin the state. His sharp criticism of the Congress on that score triggered speculation whether he was on his way out of the party he served for more than four decades.
The 71-year-old, however, said he would not quit the party, but constitute a committee of 13 MLAs who would decide the future course of action.
“(Article) 370 was removed and many of my colleagues opposed it. My party has lost its way a bit. It is not the old Congress any more. When it comes to issues of patriotism and self-respect, I will never compromise,” Bhupinder Hooda said at a political rally in Haryana’s Rohtak.
His son Deepender Singh Hooda also spoke on the same lines, and even indicated that he has reservations about the “method” adopted by the government.
The Hoodas’ sudden divergence from the party line is seen as move to arm twist the party. Over the last weeks, their supporters have been demanding that the former Chief Minister be made the chief of its state unit, replacing Ashok Tanwar, who currently holds the post.
Over the last week, there has been a buzz that both father and son would announce anytime that they are quitting the party. But the situation stabilised after Sonia Gandhi was named as the party’s interim chief, said insiders of the faction-ridden state unit.
News Credit: NDTV