Day after Protesting Outside Sonia’s House, Haryana Leader Ashok Tanwar Resigns from Cong’s Poll Committees

Day after Protesting Outside Sonia’s House, Haryana Leader Ashok Tanwar Resigns from Cong’s Poll Committees

Arguing that the Haryana Congress has become “Hooda Congress”, former state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar raised a banner of revolt ahead of Assembly elections by resigning from all election-related committees. He did not resign from the party, but made it clear that he would not cooperate with the state leadership as his supporters were ignored in ticket distribution.

Sources said that former chief minister and CLP leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda had got his way in terms of selection of candidates — as many as 60 tickets went to his loyalists. The other big leaders — state Congress chief Kumari Selja, Tanwar, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Kuldeep Bishnoi — got only a handful of tickets for their supporters. Tanwar, those close to him said, got only two tickets for his supporters.

A day after protesting outside Sonia Gandhi’s residence here over alleged irregularities in ticket distribution, former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Thursday resigned from all election committees of the party but said he would continue to work as an ordinary party worker.

In his letter to Congress president Gandhi, Tanwar said he was stepping down from various committees formed by her for the Haryana assembly elections but would continue to work to strengthen the party as its “ordinary soldier”.

A day after he protested outside Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence, Tanwar on Thursday sent her a letter claiming that some “individuals” were “selling tickets and subverting the great political legacy of the Congress party by ruthlessly killing the political career of hardworking Congress leaders”. He argued that a section of Haryana Congress leaders focused on attacking him because “of their personal prejudices and selfish interests” over the last five years when he was state Congress president.

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