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How Hooda's wife ran the show during his tenure as Haryana CM, reveals former minister Chandrawati's biography!
Asha Hooda is a very ambitious woman and used to run her husband Bhupinder Singh Hooda's government from behind the curtain, as it has been revealed from the biography of former minister Chandrawati's biography.

It is a strange co-incidence that there are media reports that the Congress high command may project Asha Hooda, wife of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Assembly polls as Hooda himself has been charge sheeted in the Manesar land acquisition scam. 

Yesterday some friend presented me with the biography of Chandrawati titled "Dharti Ki Beti" which speaks volumes about the leadership qualities of Asha Hooda. Chandrawati needs no introduction as she's a former MLA having been elected in 1954.She was also a minister in the Bansi Lal government. She had made international headlines in 1977 by defeating Bansi Lal in the Lok Sabha polls from Bhiwani. She also served as the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Puducherry for a short period before she was asked to resign as she refused to obey illegal diktats of recommending the dismissal of the ruling government. Even at the age of ninety she is worried about the state of affairs of the country and particularly of Haryana, her home state. 

Chandrawati had been appointed as Chairperson of Haryana Dairy Development Corporation by Bhupinder Singh Hooda during his second term. During this period, she got an opportunity to interact with Hooda, his wife Asha Hooda and their son Deepender Hooda. 

In words of Chandrawati, Asha Hooda is politically very ambitious and has always wanted to become an MP. Like the wives of other chief minsters who are not much educated and are mostly homemakers, Asha Hooda is educated and is Vice-Chairperson of Child Welfare Council headed by the Governor. 

Chandrawati writes that Asha Hooda is educated and has an attractive personality. She is very clever and shrewd. According to Chandrawati, Asha Hooda used to run the Bhupinder Hooda government from behind the curtain. 

Chandrawati writes that Bhupinder Singh Hooda is a gentleman. Referring to junior Hoooda, Deepender, a Member of Parliament from Rohtak, she writes that both Deepender and Asha used to calls the shots. Chandrawati writes that although Asha Hooda is not seen publicly with her husband except on Independence Day or Republic Day functions but she used to run the show. Complimenting Asha Hooda for her organisational skills, Chandrawati writes that Asha Hooda takes care of Rohtak Lok Sabha and Kiloi Assembly constituencies. If somebody invites her she happily obliges but never without an invitation. 

The 296 page book is very interesting, amusing and informative. It speaks of the duality of several Haryana politicians including Om Parkash Chautala, Bansi Lal, Bhajan Lal, Banarsi Dass Gupta and above all the patriarch of politics in Haryana, Tau Devi Lal along with several national level leaders of the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal. 

It also mentions the clout of real estate king KP Singh in making ministers. The book is so informative that I spent the whole night reading through it even at the cost of my sleep.

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