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The Hoodas have had fractious ties with Congress high command but Scindia’s defection appears to have led to Deepender’s nomination instead of Kumari Selja, a known Sonia loyalist.
As she prepares for the reinstallation of Rahul Gandhi as party president, Congress' interim chief Sonia Gandhi may realise she has better options.
By virtue of being appointed the CLP leader, Hooda will be the Leader of Opposition in the newly-constituted Haryana assembly.
While Congress high command was nowhere on the ground during Haryana campaign, Bhupinder Hooda was leading his troops from the front.
Haryana election result is a good reminder that under a slowing economy, parties with formidable state leaders can challenge Modi-Amit Shah's ambition.
Congress leader Hooda said the results showed the people's mandate against the BJP for it's "non-fulfilment of promises and non-performance".
When Haryana goes to polls on 21 October, Gopal Kanda will contest from his home constituency of Sirsa, which he had won in 2009 but lost in 2014.
Faced with bleak prospects in Haryana, Congress plans to offer unemployment allowance of Rs 10,000 a month and old-age pension of Rs 5,100 per month.
Infighting among top leaders of the Haryana unit and their prestige battles have cost the Congress massively.
Trouble over ticket distribution is only tip of the iceberg as defections & a lack of decisive leadership has the Congress tottering in both states.