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“Congress has lost its way, I support abrogation of Article 370,” says Bhupinder Hooda

Criticizing Congress for its stance, Hooda said, “This is not the same Congress it used to be. I will not compromise when it comes to patriotism and self-respect.”


Rohtak| Modi govt’s decision to abrogate Article 370 from J&K has exposed the differences between the Congress party. Since the last few weeks many young leaders including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora have come out in support of the Modi govt’s decision. Whereas, senior Congress leaders such as P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad have criticized the abrogation of Article 370.

Now, one more voice has been added to the list of leaders who differ from the party line. Former Haryana Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda has targeted his own party. Hooda said that the Congress has lost its way. He said, “For me the country is first, when the government does something good, we support it.” Criticizing Congress for its stance against Modi govt’s decision, Hooda said that his colleagues in Congress opposed the government on Article 370. “This is not the same Congress it used to be. I will not compromise when it comes to patriotism and self-respect,” he said.

Hooda was speaking at a Parivartan rally in Rohtak today. Speaking in the rally, he targetted the Khattar government of Haryana. He said, “I raise questions over what work has been done in the last 5 years. Our government served the state for 10 years. We set up factories, laid rail lines, ran the metro. Haryana’s debt was 60 thousand crore in 2014, which has now increased to 1.70 lakh crore. The government has not done any work.”

He also said that If his party forms the government, it will bring a law like Andhra Pradesh, so that 75% of jobs go to the people of Haryana.

Everyone is closely watching Hooda’s rally because the former Chief Minister wanted a change in Haryana Congress leadership. For example, in Haryana, the command of the state Congress is with former MP Dr Ashok Tanwar. Under his leadership, the party was reduced to zero in the state. In Lok Sabha elections, Haryana Congress could not even win 1 out of 10 seats. In such a situation, there are discussions that the workers were also pressurizing Hooda for a change in leadership.

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