Tanwar backs JJP, launches surgical strike on Congress

 Former Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar and Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leader, Dushyant Chautala during a joint press conference ahead of Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Congress' ex-Haryana unit president Ashok Tanwar on Wednesday announced his support to Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party in the assembly elections to be held next week, a move he termed as a surgical strike on his former party.

Tanwar grabbed headlines earlier this month after he protested outside Congress President Sonia Gandhi's residence here over alleged irregularities in ticket distribution. Later, he resigned from the party.

Tanwar, who was appointed the Haryana Congress Chief in 2014, has been locked in a feud with former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Last month, he was replaced as Congress's Haryana unit president by Kumari Selja and Hooda was appointed as legislative party leader.

Addressing a press conference here with Chautala, Tanwar said he left Congress with pain and now his workers want him to support the JJP.

"My workers want to support the JJP so we are doing so, Dushyant Chautala should become the chief minister of the state," he said.

Tanwar said workers were ignored in the Congress because of "some arrogant people" in the party.

"There are some arrogant people in the party whose hubris needs to be destroyed," he said.

Emphasising that now Congress is forced to fight for the third or fourth position in the state assembly elections to be held on October 21, Tanwar said, "I have laid down the land mine for enemies and this is the first surgical strike on them."

Tanwar announced his resignation on Twitter earlier this month and posted a four-page letter addressed to Gandhi.

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