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Haryana: Kiran Choudhry, daughter Shruti join BJP in big jolt to Congress ahead of elections

Congress suffered a big jolt in Haryana where assembly polls are due in October. On the other hand, Kiran Choudhry and her daughter Shruti's joining would be a big boost to the ruling party BJP in the poll-bound state.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New Delhi Updated on: June 19, 2024 11:18 IST
Kiran Choudhry and daughter Shruti join BJP
Image Source : PTI Kiran Choudhry and daughter Shruti join BJP

Haryana Congress suffered a big jolt ahead of state assembly elections as senior leader Kiran Choudhry and her daughter Shruti Choudhry joined the ruling party BJP. Shruti, who reached the BJP office said, "There is a wave here today. This is because BJP's policies of taking the state and country forward, people are electing the PM again and again - this is proof in itself of how BJP's popularity is rising day by day. We are all here to strengthen the BJP...We are looking forward."

Haryana will undergo in October this year. Kiran is the daughter-in-law of former Haryana chief minister Bansi Lal. She is considered as a bete noire of senior Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

"Personal fiefdom" - Kiran's jibe at Hooda 

The duo - mother and daughter - resigned from the primary membership of the Congress on Tuesday. They, in their separate resignation letters to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, took a veiled swipe at Hooda, alleging that the party's state unit is being run as a "personal fiefdom".

Shruti was also the working president of the Haryana unit of the Congress. Kiran, who is a sitting MLA from Tosham in Bhiwani district, said both she and Shruti Choudhry, a former MP, also began her journey with the saffron party.

Big boost to BJP ahead of polls

Kiran ended her four-decade-long association with the Congress. With Kiran and Shruti's entry into the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party made a major dent in rival Congress ahead of crucial Haryana Assembly elections.

In their resignation letters to Kharge, while Kiran Choudhry, 69, wrote that the Haryana Congress is being run as a "personal fiefdom", Shruti Choudhry, in an apparent reference to Hooda, alleged that the state unit centres around one person who has compromised the interest of the party for his own "selfish" and "petty interests".

"It is most unfortunate that the Congress party in Haryana is being run as the personal fiefdom leaving no space for sincere voices like mine, who have been stifled, humiliated and conspired against in a most well-orchestrated and systematic manner, thus, significantly hampering my diligent efforts to represent our people and uphold the values, I have always stood for," wrote Kiran Choudhry in her letter to Kharge.

Shruti, in her letter, said, "The Congress party in Haryana has, unfortunately, become one-person centric who has compromised the interest of the party for his own selfish and petty interests and it is thus time for me to move on so that I may continue to uphold the interest of my people and the values that I stand for."

Shruti said she comes from a long line of people who have had the privilege to serve the country selflessly and she too had strived to uphold that "great legacy" of "selfless service" with utmost honesty and sincerity.

Kiran Choudhry was learnt to be upset with the denial of ticket to Shruti Choudhry from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh constituency in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls as well as with the overall distribution of tickets by the party in the state.

On June 12, even Congress general secretary and Sirsa MP Kumari Selja had launched a veiled dig at Hooda, saying if proper feedback had been given to the high command and "politics of self" had not been pursued, the party could have won all the Lok Sabha seats from Haryana.

The Congress contested nine of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana while the Kurukshetra seat was unsuccessfully fought by the I.N.D.I.A bloc constituent AAP. The Congress wrested five seats from the BJP.

Barring the Sirsa seat, which was won by another bete noire of Hooda, Kumari Selja, the candidates for eight other seats fought by the Congress were believed to be Hooda loyalists.

From Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, where Shruti has been an MP earlier, the Congress had given the ticket to sitting MLA and Hooda loyalist Rao Dan Singh, who lost to BJP's sitting MP Dharambir Singh.

Shruti may get Rajya Sabha ticket

While speculations are rife that Shruti could be among the BJP probables for the Rajya Sabha seat which is going to fall vacant after the recent win of Congress' Deepender Singh Hooda from the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat, Kiran, however, said both she and her daughter will be joining BJP unconditionally.

Without naming Hooda, Kiran Choudhry said, "They have pushed me into a corner. There is a limit to humiliation one can suffer."

In her resignation letter to Kharge, Kiran Choudhry, who has also remained a minister during the Congress regime headed by Hooda, wrote, "I have been a loyal and steadfast member of the Congress for the last four decades and have, over these years, devoted my life to the party and the people whom I represent. In Haryana, I also represent the rich legacy of late Chaudhary Bansi Lal, the architect of modern Haryana and my late husband Chaudhary Surender Singh."

Kiran Choudhry said her aim and objective since the very beginning has been to serve the people of her state and country. 

"I am now unable to do the same under such constraints. In order to realise the aspirations of my people and workers, I am compelled to look ahead at a fresh start," Kiran Choudhry wrote in her resignation letter to Kharge.

Both thanked Kharge, the Congress leadership and the party for providing them a platform to have served the people. In a direct attack on Bhupinder Hooda, Kiran Choudhary told PTI, "For him, only his son (Deepender Hooda) matters. For his selfishness, he wants to finish all leadership and he also spoiled the Congress' prospects on many Lok Sabha seats. Rao Dan Singh, about whom he gave guarantee he would win, lost from his own Vidhan Sabha segment in the Lok Sabha polls."

She said the same guarantee was given for the Gurugram and some other seats. "He wants only his son should have everything and wants to finish others. How is this going to work? This is how this man has always worked," Kiran Choudhry said.

She alleged that when one comes down to such "petty conspiracies", it becomes difficult to hold on.

"When he (Bhupinder Hooda) was the chief minister, he wouldn't even give us our share for development in our areas. Now, it has come to this that he is bent upon finishing you completely politically," she said.

(With PTI inputs)

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