Former state party president Ashok Tanwar, who left Congress after differences with former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, is set to start a new party on February 25. The party will be set up at the Constitution Club of Delhi on Thursday with online launching at 25 locations. The main event will be held in Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
On contacting Ashok Tanwar, he did not mention the name of the party and asked to wait till 25 February. Tanwar, who was the Haryana state president of the Congress for more than five years, left the party after his supporters were denied tickets in the 2019 assembly elections. A close aide of Tanwar said that the new party would not be Haryana-centric, but a national party and it would focus on the Dalits and the 36 fraternity of Haryana.
Tanwar will not be the first former Congressman to start his own party. Earlier, Bhajanlal had set up his own party named Haryana Janhit Congress in 2004 after not getting the chief minister's post. However, it was later merged with the Congress. Earlier, former Haryana Congress Chief Minister Bansi Lal started the Haryana Vikas Party, but later he returned to the Congress in 2004 and merged his party with it.
Ashok Tanwar, once close to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, is following the path of young leaders like Jagan Mohan Reddy, who left the Congress and formed the YSRCP, which is now the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh. The Congress is the main opposition party in Haryana, while the BJP is ruling in the state in alliance with the JJP. Tanwar is looking for a place between Congress and BJP and he is going to target the Dalit votes in the state.
After the farmers' agitation against three new agricultural laws, Tanwar is eyeing the segment which is against both BJP and Congress. A close aide of Tanwar said that it is hoped that he will also try to woo those leaders in Congress who are unhappy with Bhupendra Singh Hooda and feel isolated in the party.