Haryana Congress Leaders Including Rahul Gandhi’s Aides In Touch With BJP To Switch Ahead Of Assembly Polls: Reports
Haryana Congress Leaders Including Rahul Gandhi’s Aides In Touch With BJP To Switch Ahead Of Assembly Polls: ReportsSonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi 

Some senior leaders of the Congress in Haryana are reportedly negotiating with the BJP to switch sides. Sources say as many as four senior leaders have initiated talks with the ruling party in the state. Top BJP leaders are aware of the developments, said a source.

Sources said the deal is not yet finalised and that it may take a few days to formalise an arrangement. This development could be a major worry for the Congress and a major embarrassment for Rahul Gandhi as the young lot is considered close to him.

The Congress is trying hard to regain its lost ground in the state. The party is battling factionalism since 2004 in Haryana.

In 2004 Bhajan Lal left Congress to form his party after he was denied chief ministership. Then, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Birender Singh were involved in bitter fight. Birender Singh later left Congress to join the BJP. In the last five years, former state party chief Ashok Tanwar and Hooda are involved in a bitter turf war.

The Congress Interim President in September removed Ashok Tanwar and appointed Kumari Selja as the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President. Legislature party leader Kiran Chowdhry was also removed and Hooda was appointed CLP leader. Prior to these developments, Hooda had threatened to quit. He organised a massive rally on 18 August to show his strength.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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