The Congress is a divided house as senior party leaders openly discuss the fate of the party is almost over, while a former Haryana Congress leader has revealed the party sold tickets for money (Rs 5 crore)
Bengaluru: Just weeks before Haryana and Maharashtra are slated to go for polls, the split is wide open in Congress, the grand old party of India.
A 38-second video has emerged in which senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ghulam Nabi Azad were caught on camera discussing the present situation of the party.
The discussion was taking place outside the Parliament, in which Sonia Gandhi's close aide Ahmed Patel was seen asking Hooda and Azad, "Where the party (Congress) has gone?"
The leaders were also seen discussing numbers of the internal assessments of the expected performance of the party leaders, Patel posed a question, asking: “Party gayi kahan (Where has the party gone)?”
Earlier, in more face loss for the Congress, former Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Tanwar accused the Congress of corruption in distributing tickets for the Haryana elections.
In fact, on Wednesday, Ashok Tanwar and his supporters protested outside the Delhi residence of Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi alleging corruption in the distribution of tickets for the candidates of the polls.
His grouse was that the party had been distributing tickets to "undeserving" candidates. In the light of the allegations, Tanwar's supporters raised slogans against party's senior leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Tanwar claimed that people are saying that the ticket for the Haryana's Sohna Assembly seat was sold for Rs 5 crore.
Both Maharashtra and Haryana will go to polls on October 21. The results will be declared on October 24. Maharashtra has 288 seats while Haryana has 90 seats.
These elections will be of significant value as they happen to be the first elections after Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister for the second time in May 2019. While these elections will be a test for Modi’s policies like abrogation of article 370 and 35A, they will also test the Congress for its resilience.
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Last Updated Oct 3, 2019, 6:50 PM IST