Setback to Congress; Ex-Haryana Congress Chief Ashok Tanwar quits

Setback to Congress; Ex-Haryana Congress Chief Ashok Tanwar quits

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Chandigarh, 05 Oct 2019: Giving a last-minute setback to Congress, the former Haryana Congress leader Ashok Tanwar has resigned from the Congress just two weeks before state elections.

He announced his decision to leave Congress on Twitter posting a four page resignation letter.

Ashok Tanwar, who was a close-confidente of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, said "There is a conspiracy going on to bring down leaders who were guided by Rahul Gandhi."

He further explained: "The Congress is going through existential crises, not because of its political opponents but because of serious internal contradiction."

"I after several months of consideration tender my resignation from the primary membership of the Congress party, which I nurtured from my sweat and blood. My fight is not personal but against the system which is destroying the grand old party," the letter added.

Earlier this week, Mr Tanwar had quit several party panels, saying in a letter to Sonia Gandhi that he had taken the decision with "immense pain" and "after exhausting all avenues to get my voice heard".  Last Sunday, Ashok Tanwar had protested outside Sonia Gandhi's home in Delhi alleging irregularities in the choice of poll candidates.

In September, Mr Tanwar was replaced as Haryana Congress chief by Kumari Selja under pressure from former Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda, with whom he had a long-running feud.

Mr Tanwar alleged that the Congress in Haryana had turned into "Hooda Congress" as those "who had worked against the party's interests in the last five years had been given prominence over those who slogged to strengthen the opposition party in Haryana".

Ashok Tanwar was appointed the Haryana Congress chief in 2014. The Congress is currently facing revolt not just in Haryana, but also in Maharashtra. In a series of tweets on Thursday, senior Maharashtra leader Sanjay Nirupam declared that he would stay away from the campaign and threatened to quit.