HC upholds Dhingra panel appointment, but finds procedural irregularities in serving notice to Hooda
Amid speculations that he could contest from Sonipat, senior Congress leader and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said he does not wish to contest the 2019 parliamentary polls, but was ready to fight from anywhere in the state if his party wants.
When asked if he could contest from the Sonipat parliamentary seat, the former CM replied, "I have said that I will go by whatever my party says. I can contest from anywhere (on any LS seat) in the state if they say so".
Voting will be held in Haryana in the sixth round of seven-phase Lok Sabha polls on May 12. Results will be announced on May 23.
Defending the lawmaker, who is his son, Bhupinder Hooda dubbed Khattar's allegations baseless.
On some BJP leaders claiming that Deepender became a MP because his father was the chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda retorted, "When I was elected as MP four times from Rohtak, my father was not a chief minister. When I defeated (late deputy prime minister) Devi Lal from Rohtak, my father was not a CM. They (BJP) have nothing to show for performance, which is why they keep raising baseless things".
Deepender Hooda was the sole Congress leader to win a seat in the state in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He holds the Rohtak parliamentary constituency -- a traditional stronghold of the Hooda family.
The BJP had won seven seats and the Indian National Lok Dal bagged the remaining two in the 2014 LS polls.
Terming NYAY, a minimum income guarantee scheme, a "game changer", Bhupinder Hooda said that his party has always batted for protecting interests of poor, down trodden, Dalits and other weaker sections.
Dubbing the BJP government in Haryana "name changer", Hooda said only thing which goes to their credit is changing names of schemes started during previous Congress regime.
He alleged that the Khattar government was "thoroughly corrupt" and was only "wearing a mask of honesty".
"People want to see Congress back in power. All sections of society gave an enthusiastic support to the yatra, showing their disappointment with the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state," he said, adding all the party senior leaders from the state were united and there was no factionalism.
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