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Bhajan to stay in Cong and ''fight from within''

Written by: Staff

Panchkula, July 3: After the acceptance of his resignation as Haryana Congress president by the high command, a disgruntled Bhajan Lal today said he would still remain in the party and fight his battle from within.

Talking to reporters just after the news came that party chief Sonia Gandhi had accepted his resignation, the veteran leader said: ''I will remain in the party and fight the battle while remaining inside it.'' Mr Lal, who had served as Haryana Chief Minister thrice, said he would not ''tolerate the neglect of the party workers and the Haryana public'' by the Hooda government.

When Mr Hooda was preferred by Ms Gandhi for Chief Ministership, Mr Bhajan Lal had tendered his resignation from the party's chief's post as a mark of protest. However, he was pacified by offering the Deputy Chief Minister's post to his elder son Chander Mohan.

Mr Bhajan Lal said he would reveal his future course of action in due course of time and ''strengthen the party from within'' for the time being. He, however, did not elaborate on his comment. His younger son Kuldeep Bishnoi, who was elected to the Lok Sabha on Congress ticket, was also present at Mr Bhajan Lal's residence when he was giving vent to his feelings after abdicating his post on being sidelined by the Hooda regime.

A Hooda loyalist Ram Prakash was made the working president of the Haryana Congress after the last assembly elections wherein Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda pipped Mr Bhajan Lal to the CM's post and restricted him to the party post.

To a question, Mr Bishnoi said it was just because of Mr Bhajan Lal's goodwill that the latter remained the state CM for 13 years and he himself became an MP.

The question was asked in the backdrop of a reported statement by Congress general secretary incharge of Haryana Janardhan Dwivedi that the party had already done enough for Mr Bhajan Lal for making him CM for such a long time, appointing his elder son Deputy Chief Minister and enabling the younger to become an MP.

Asked how was he feeling after having relinquished the top party post in the state, he quipped: ''Mere man ka bojh halka ho gaya hai (The burden on my mind has been lifted)''


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