August 2, 2011

GURGAON: Gurgaon MP Rao Indrajit Singh and Rewari MLA Ajay Singh Yadav came together on one platform on Sunday and spoke in the same voice, giving Chandigarh the jitters.
The alliance of prominent Yadav leaders from Souther Haryana is being seen as a consolidation against chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
While it was said that the event was organised only to felicitate the newly elected Gurgaon mayor and his deputies, the two leaders from Ahirwal region managed to pull over 10,000 Congressmen.
Political observers see this as a show of strength by the two Yaday leaders, who have been sidelined by Hooda in recent times.
Ajay Singh, who was the second most senior minister in the Hooda cabinet, was stripped of his finance portfolio recently.
Similarly, the face-off between Hooda and Indrajit Singh had come to light only a few days after the Gurgaon municipal elections.
While the Hooda camp was supporting another Independent for the mayor's post, the local MP stood behind Vimal Yadav. But sources said that after an over one-and-a-half-year truce between Singh and Hooda, differences had resurfaced recently.
They said that Indrajit was not allowed to address a rally in Mewat that was attended by the party president, Sonia Gandhi, despite the fact that he is representing the Lok Sabha constituency. The two leaders sent a strong message to the Hooda camp when they hugged each other on the stage to show their unity. The need to strengthen the Ahirwal community was also stressed by other leaders who attended Sunday's programme.
Yadavs, who are known as Ahirs, are in a majority in southern Haryana and they play the key role in the politics of this region. Veteran Congress leaders feel that the two leaders have come together in the wake of Indrajit Singh not getting a berth in the Union Cabinet. "They are in a relationship of mutual need and if they stay together they will be recognized as a force to reckon with," said a party leader.


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