A day after former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar quit the Grand Old Party with a scathing 4-page resignation letter, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit slammed the former MP. Speaking to news agency ANI, Sandeep Dikshit said that Ashok Tanwar, being a young leader, could not establish himself in Haryana. Asserting that Congress gave him the opportunity to lead the party in Haryana, Sandeep Dikshit alleged that he could no prove himself in front of the senior leaders, naming Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Kumari Selja. The former MP also stated that in the Congress party, higher-ranking positions are given to senior leaders.
"It is quite sad that a leader who has been chief of the Pradesh Congress Committee did that out of greed. While I respect him, he should not make such remarks against Congress leaders. When we talk about Bhupinder Hooda, who is a senior leader in Haryana Congress, Ashok Tanwar should have understood that he is a young leader. It takes time to make your presence in the state. He could not do that. Be it any party, it gives bigger positions to senior leaders. Ashok Tanwar should understand that he was also not a big public leader when he was given the position of Haryana Congress chief. He got the opportunity so that he could prove himself, but he could not establish himself. When he was not that big leader when he joined the party, he should have proved himself when got a chance," the Congress leader said.
On Saturday, Ashok Tanwar resigned from the party with weeks left for the assembly polls in Haryana. In a four-page strong-worded resignation letter, Ashok Tanwar exposed the party saying that it is going through an 'existential crisis'. Adding that it is because of 'internal contradictions' in the party, Ashok Tanwar stated that internal democracy in the party is 'killed by a few lobbies'. Tanwar exposed the Congress party, stating that, in the party system, 'well-established' people exploit other leaders.
Ahead of the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, the Congress party is facing a rebellion from its leaders. From top leaders like Ashok Tanwar and Urmila Matondkar resigning from the party, to senior leaders like Sanjay Nirupam openly calling out his own party, they are alleging Congress of 'internal opportunism'. Assembly elections are going to take place in Haryana and Maharashtra on October 21 in a single phase and the votes will be counted on October 24.