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CHANDIGARH: While generally appreciating the performance of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime, Congressmen of various hues on Monday also put forth their suggestions to ensure that dedicated party workers and leaders are not ignored by the leaderaship.
Setting the tone at the general body meeting of the Haryana unit of the party here, Finance Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said the Government should fill the vacancies of the chairmen of Boards and Corporations and Improvement Trusts and ensure that due importance is given to Congressmen who lost the last elections in constituencies from where Independents had won. Political observers note that several Independents are lending support to the Government and they have been adjusted either as Ministers or Chief Parliamentary Secretaries.
Industry Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala pointed out that the process of filling up “these” vacancies is already on. Interestingly, Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh and Union Minister for Culture Selja were conspicuous by their absence at the meeting.
The newly-appointed party general secretary and Haryana State affairs in-charge B. K. Hariprasad and party secretary Tara Chand were among those present.
Mr. Hariprasad, while denying that there was any “dissension'' within the party, however, asked the partymen not to indulge in factionalism as the party has only one leader, Sonia Gandhi.
While describing Mr. Hooda as a “popular'' Chief Minister whose policies and programmes had ushered in rapid development in the State, he asked partymen to introspect why the party did not perform as well as it could in the last Assembly polls.
Mr. Hooda emphasised that the organisation should remain connected with the common man. He reiterated that workers were the backbone of the party and they were being given due respect.
Later, informally talking to media persons, Mr. Hariprasad commented that Mr. Hooda was “far better'' than his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi. He, however, added that Gujarat and Haryana could not be equated as the former had been a leading developed State since its inception while Haryana's progress was a recent phenomenon. Interestingly, he asserted that Gujarat's “progress had got nothing to do with Mr. Modi”.
On the appointment of a new president for the Haryana PCC, he reiterated that the decision would be taken by Ms. Gandhi. “Mr. Phool Chand Mullana continues to be the president of the Haryana unit,'' he added.
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