Hoodas likely to launch new party; no place for Gandhis on rally posters

The headless Congress is disintegrating and it is happening, like in other states, in Haryana, too. Rumours are that Jat strongman and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepender Hooda are planning to launch a new regional party, if their demands are not met.

Hooda loyalists in the party has been demanding removal of state party president Ashok Tanwar and handing over of the party’s reins to either of the Hoodas in the runup to the Assembly elections, slated in October. A section of the Congress leaders have written to the party high-command seeking change in the state party leadership.

The Hoodas will address a massive rally on August 18 in their hometown of Rohtak, where it is expected that they would announce their future plans. Interestingly, photographs of the Gandhi family are conspicuously missing from posters of an August 4 Congress event, being organised by the Hoodas to announce a ‘Parivartan Maha Rally’ on August 18.

The posters and banners carry only the photographs of the father-son Hooda duo.