"The Congress will contest the Assembly elections on all the 90 seats," he said while addressing a news conference here after chairing a meeting of the state Cabinet. (Agencies)
He also said that the main Opposition and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala-led Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) will be wiped out in the upcoming Assembly polls. Hooda asserted that, "After the upcoming Assembly polls, INLD's status will become negligible, “Our fight in the coming Assembly polls will be with the BJP."
When asked that INLD had won two out of a total of 10 Lok Sabha seats from Haryana despite 'Modi wave', Hooda said, "The INLD got two seats in the last Lok Sabha elections because the seats on which they contested, there was no BJP candidate (Hisar and Sirsa)."
Moreover, during their poll campaign, they misled the people by saying that they would support BJP's Narendra Modi.
On owning moral responsibility after Lok Sabha poll debacle in Haryana, Hooda said under his leadership the party had also won nine seats in Lok Sabha polls in 2009.
He pointed out that during the Lok Sabha elections, an atmosphere was created which made people vote for an individual, not for any policies or programmes of the BJP.
"Till the time I have the blessings and support of people of Haryana, my MLAs and Sonia Gandhi, nobody else matters," he said, adding the Assembly polls due in October will be fought under his leadership.
"I have said that these polls will contest under my leadership. This has been the Congress culture, whosoever is CM, the polls are fought under his leadership," he said.
When his attention was drawn towards the new political parties coming up in Haryana, he said in a democracy, anyone could form a political party as they have the right to do so.
Referring to people of Haryana stranded in Iraq, Hooda said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured him that efforts were being made for the safety of the Indians stranded in the strife-torn nation.
Meanwhile, Haryana Power Minister, Ajay Singh Yadav had denied reports appearing in a section of the media that he had raised questions on the style of functioning of Hooda and made it clear that he did not support the issue of change in leadership in Haryana.
Yadav, a six-time MLA, who was also present in the press conference with Hooda, termed such reports as ‘misleading’.
"The Congress will contest the Assembly elections on all the 90 seats," he said while addressing a news conference here after chairing a meeting of the state Cabinet.