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Senior Congress leader Kumari Selja has reacted strongly to former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s meeting with Ghulam Nabi Azad. He said the move confuses and frustrates the rank and file of the party. Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and former Haryana unit president of the party, Selja has filed a complaint with the party high command against Hooda, the leader of the opposition in the state, and has also sought a show-cause notice.
Besides Hooda, two other G-23 members Anand Sharma and Prithviraj Chavan met Azad at his Delhi residence on Tuesday. Selja has raised the matter with some senior party leaders including Vivek Bansal, Haryana in-charge of All India Congress Committee.
Shailaja on Thursday said that Hooda is going to meet Azad at a time when he quit the party, blamed the leadership and also made personal remarks against our leaders. This disappointed the party. If Azad left the party, what is the point of going to his house.
Shailaja, considered a staunch opponent of Hooda, told the party high command that the former chief minister was given a free hand to run the affairs of the state unit of the Congress but it was not acceptable. Hooda is among the leaders of the G-23 leaders who in a letter to the Congress President in August 2020 demanded organizational change and elections at all levels. He along with Sharma and Chavan discussed the future strategy of G-23 with Azad.
The Congress had in April replaced Kumari Selja and appointed former MLA and Hooda loyalist Uday Bhan as the Haryana unit president. Shailaja was later made a CWC member.