Congress has lost its way: Bhupinder Hooda slams party backs scrapping of Article 370
Former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday came down heavily on his own party for not supporting the abrogation of Article 370, which granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
The 71-year-old leader also backed the Centre’s decision of revoking provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
"When the government does something right, I support them. Many of my colleagues opposed the decision to abrogate Article 370. They have lost their way. It is not the same Congress as it used to be," Bhupinder Singh Hooda said at a 'Parivartan Maha' rally in Rohtak.
"When it comes to patriotism and self-respect, I’ll not compromise with anyone," Hooda added.
Addressing the rally, Bhupinder Singh Hooda also announced himself as the chief ministerial candidate in the Haryana assembly elections. This, even when there is no official word from the Congress about the candidates who will be contesting the upcoming Haryana assembly elections.
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In fact, Bhupinder Singh Hooda also declared that he will appoint four deputy chief ministers if he is elected to power in the Haryana assembly elections. Exuding confidence of winning the elections, Bhupinder Singh Hooda also claimed that he would become the next chief minister of Haryana.
The Congress leader also announced that he would form a 25-member committee to make a decision on forming a political group and said that they could not take decisions on their own. "A committee will decide the next plan of action," he said.
At the rally, Hooda also made a promise of allowances for the people of Haryana if he is elected to power in the upcoming Haryana polls.
This includes loan waiver, free electricity to farmers, free bus service to women in Haryana Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) and employment to at least one person in each family.
He said, “If we form the government in Haryana, we will introduce a law like Andhra Pradesh so that 75 per cent of the jobs go to the people of the state”.
In the 2014 elections, the BJP had ousted the two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda by reducing the Congress to just 15 seats in the Haryana assembly.