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Don't have enmity with anyone, ready to bury hatchet with Hooda: Tanwar

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Maintaining that the larger objective was to ensure the Congress's victory in the next and Vidhan Sabha polls, today said that he does not have enmity with anyone and was ready to bury hatchet with his bete noire

"Our first priority is to throw out the BJP government. We are all working with the single aim of winning the next and Vidhan Sabha elections," Tanwar told reporters here.

When asked that differences between him and former minister were well known and would he be ready to bury the hatchet with him, Tanwar replied, "I am for resolving those issues".

Asked if the differences with were personal or political, Tanwar said, "Differences at some stage turned personal from political..However, I still say that in the interest of the party, I am for resolving the issues."

"I don't have enmity with anyone. To bury hatchet is in the larger interest of the party, those issues will be resolved and I am for resolving those issues," he said.

Tanwar said "there was some bad blood", especially after assault on him during a rally in October 2016 in Delhi, but he decided to move on.

"..Time is a great healer," he added.

He also said that the party leadership had tried in the past to remove differences between him and Hooda.

When asked what was the outcome of those efforts, Tanwar said, "Few things are internal, and I must not open those things. But there are many things you are aware of."

Notably, Tanwar, a Dalit leader, and Hooda, a two time former minister and an upper caste Jat, do not see eye-to-eye on most matters. chief has asked Tanwar to stay put and today the state Congress chief said that he would continue heading the unit till the time he is asked to do so.

The Congress also took exception to Hooda organising a 'Rath Yatra' in the state without taking the into confidence.

"If anyone is holding a programme, the PCC is intimated and can extend its help to make the event a success. But if anyone thinks he is bigger than the organisation and there is no need to inform, then that is a choice of that person," he said, adding he was not not informed about Hooda's Rath Yatra.

When asked if groupism within the would affect the party as polls were nearing, he said, "Differences of opinion can be there, which are there in any party, but everyone is moving with the aim of making the party strong."

"Every is working hard to ensure that the party wins the next elections and everyone wants to see as the next prime minister," he said.

Tanwar said that people were eagerly waiting to teach the BJP a lesson.

He claimed that the BJP would not be able to win even a single of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana and not more than 4-5 seats in the 90-member state Assembly polls.

Replying to a question, he said that it was not necessary that the Congress should project a chief ministerial face in the next state Assembly polls.

"The primary aim is to win the elections, these things can be decided later on," he said.

Tanwar, a former from Sirsa, also said that if he was asked to contest the next Lok Sabha or state Assembly polls, he was ready to fight from any constituency in the state whichever the party decides.

The winnability criteria would apply to all the 17 sitting MLAs of the Congress in Haryana during distribution of tickets, he said replying to a question.

To another question, he said, the INLD-BSP alliance would not have any impact while the has already been rejected by the people of the state in the previous Lok Sabha polls.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 21:25 IST