On Wednesday, Congress has announced the appointment of Kumari Selja as the new Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president replacing Ashok Tanwar.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Chief Minister of Haryana has been given the post of the Leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) therefore entitled to be the Chairman of the Haryana Election Management Committee.

The Senior Congress party leader Gulam Nabi Azad made the announcements at a press conference.

Azad said: “Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has approved the appointment of Kumari Selja as Haryana Congress chief.”

“Hooda has been made the CLP leader and Leader of Opposition and also the Chairman of the Election Committee,” he added.

Earlier, Hooda was adamant that Ashok Tanwar should be removed from the post of the chief of Haryana Congress. He even organised a Parivartan Rally in Rohtak and met acting president Sonia Gandhi, threatening to form his own party. While Ashok Tanwar did not want Bhupendra Singh Hooda to be the state party chief under any circumstances.

Congress played safe by making Kumar Selja, the new HPCC president. The     Dalit leader had been a Lok Sabha MP from both Ambala and Sirsa.

Azad said that there was a delay in the appointment of the state chief but “better late than never”.

The Haryana Assembly elections are just two months away, so this move of the Congress party is seen as placating the various factions in the Haryana Congress.