Now Dharambir raises banner of revolt in Haryana Congress; quits as CPS

In another revolt inside Congress in Haryana, 4-time MLA Dharambir Singh announced his decision to quit from post of Chief Parliamentary Secretary in the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.

PTI| Updated: Mar 09, 2014, 21:53 PM IST

Chandigarh: In another revolt inside the ruling Congress in Haryana, four-time MLA Dharambir Singh on Sunday announced his decision to quit from the post of Chief Parliamentary Secretary in the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government, after being denied party ticket.

Dharambir has been sulking over Congress` decision to re-nominate state Cabinet minister Kiran Chaudhry`s daughter Shruti from Bhiwani-Mahendergarh Lok Sabha constituency, sources said.

He had earlier made it clear that he wanted to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the seat. Dharambir is representing Sohna seat, which is a part of the Bhiwani-Mahendergarh parliamentary constituency.

Addressing a rally at Bhiwani, Dharambir announced his decision to resign as CPS though he did not mention about his status in the party.

"I know you have been waiting to hear this. I resign and give up my post...," he told the gathering.

Dharambir, MLA from Sohna constituency, became the third senior Haryana Congress leader after Rao Inderjit Singh and Venod Sharma who had raised a banner of revolt.
Rao Inderjit Singh, who was MP from Gurgaon, quit the Congress recently to join the BJP while former Union minister and Ambala MLA Venod Sharma is exploring his options after quitting the party on March 5.

Launching a scathing attack on his own government, Dharambir alleged that Congress was not functioning in a democratic manner.

"The party tickets are alloted by Delhi (party high command), but the candidates are decided by a few people and not common masses. Thus it is not the people`s candidates who get tickets, but few chosen ones are thrust upon the people. This is not democracy," he said.

He also slammed his government for a number of scams including 2G, Coalgate, Railgate etc and alleged that the "lopsided policies" were not helping the common man.