GURUGRAM: Amid speculation that former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda could be Congress’s candidate from the Sonipat Lok Sabha seat, he announced on Monday that he will kick off “Parivartan Yatra” on a bus from Gurugram on Tuesday. Hooda will be accompanied by AICC general secretary and Haryana in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad.
On the first day of the yatra, Hooda and other senior Congress leaders will hold public meetings to garner support for the party in key constituencies of South Haryana — Gurugram, Mewat, Rewari and Mahendergarh. Azad had earlier announced that state Congress leadership will go on a six-day-long ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in Haryana. Speaking of the yatra’s agenda, he said the party wanted to usher in change in both state and Centre. Azad declared all state Congress leaders will take part in the yatra. “This yatra will create a positive environment for Congress and help us win more seats in Haryana,” said Azad.
All 15 members of the coordination committee, formed by the party high command to oversee Lok Sabha polls in Haryana, will take part in the yatra that will cover the entire state from March 26 to March 31.
Besides Hooda, the committee includes MLA Kiran Chaudhary, MP Kumari Selja, Kuldip Bishnoi, Randeep Singh Surjewala and Captain Ajay Yadav .
Highly placed sources said AICC chief Rahul Gandhi is likely to join the yatra during one of these days, possibly in Sonipat or Rohtak.
On Monday, former Congress minister Capt. Ajay Yadav held a meeting with party workers and assigned them responsibilities to make the yatra successful and ensure the party’s victory in all 10 Lok Sabha seats. State party president Ashok Tanwar said party workers will gather at the Delhi border near Ambience mall and start the yatra from Rajiv Chowk at 9.30am. The yatra will thereafter wind through various assembly constituencies, such as Badshapur, Sohna, Nuh, Tauru, Dharuhera, etc, with the leaders holding public meetings to expose BJP’s wrong policies and failures. Yadav said Congress will pose a tough challenge to the BJP government in the state and the NDA at the Centre, and expect to end their rule in this General Elections.