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The Doodah Over Hooda

In the faction-ridden Haryana Congress, the captain himself is leading the mutiny and the adm­iral might be in an unenviable position of watching the ship keel over. Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda wants interim party president Sonia Gandhi to settle the party’s state leadership question in his favour. Hooda has been threatening to break ranks, form his own party before the assembly polls scheduled for October, if bitter rival and state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, a Rahul Gandhi appointee, is not replaced immediately. Now, endorsing Hooda will not be an easy choice for Sonia. Most Congress satraps believe that Hooda Sr, embroiled in investigations of graft, has become a liability. But, given Hooda’s capacity to mobilise people and resources, his exit could be a death blow to the Congress.


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