Ahead of the Haryana Assembly elections, the Congress Wednesday appointed Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja as the party’s state chief while former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been made Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and chairman of the party election committee.
Congress appoints Bhupinder Singh Hooda as Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and Chairman of the State Election Committee.
Selja will replace Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Tanwar. Tanwar was given the top post by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in 2014.
Selja, a four-time MP – twice from Sirsa and twice from Ambala – lost this year’s Lok Sabha elections from the Ambala constituency. She is the daughter of four-time Sirsa MP Dalbir Singh and was a union minister during the UPA government.
Her appointment comes amid reports of a rift in the party’s state unit, with former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his loyalists demanding Tanwar’s removal from the party’s top post for three years now.