Hooda govt takes on Selja

After managing to appease most of his detractors, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has decided to take on Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja. According to state Congress chief Phool Chand Mullana, the party has brought Selja's recent statements against the government to the notice of the high command.

Earlier this month, Selja has said the Chief Minister's Office has been ignoring her appeals regarding her constituency of Ambala for the last eight years. She had also written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, alleging that Panchkula and Yamunanagar districts, which have a large population of Dalits and minorities, were at the bottom of the state's development list.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Mullana said: Selja is a member of the All India Congress Committee and a Union minister, hence, we cannot take action against her. AICC has to take stock of the indiscipline caused by the minister. On our part, we have brought everything to their notice, including press clippings of her statements levelling allegations against the party."

Claiming that this was the last resort, as Selja had failed to discuss matters related to the state on the party platform, he added: "Any worker, big or small, is expected to raise issues on the party platform, rather than going to the media to embarrass the government. The same was not happening at her level. So, we were left with a little choice than to bring it to the notice of the high command for appropriate action."

Besides Selja, only Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit has raised his voice against Hooda in the recent past. Inderjit had accused Hooda of having regional bias and alleged that the CM's development meant "development of Rohtak and Jhajjar". He had further said that south Haryana, which he represents, has always been ignored by Hooda.

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