Veteran Congress leader, former Haryana Congress Chief,Shamsher Singh Surjewala had opposed the en mass defection of Bhajan Lal Janata Party , Haryana Govt. into Congress .But caucus around Indira Gandhi, then Prim minster was bent upon installing Congress Govt. in Haryana by using all dirty tricks.
This has been revealed by Mr.Surjewala in his memoirs, titled Meri Dastan-Meri Atamkatha .Book which was supposed to be released with much fanfare could not be released due to serious illness of author. Surjewala who had won from Narwana assembly constituency on Congress ticket despite strong Janata party wave has revealed that he was opposed to defection as he felt that not only it was unethical but will lead to political instability. Recalled that after defeat of Janata party in mid term polls in 1980, Bhajan Lal then heading Janata party Govt. in Haryana fearing dismissal had converted his entire Govt. in Congress Govt.
Surjewala who is inactive due to illness and spends his time with his son Randeep Surjewala,, minister in Bhupinder Hooda led Haryana Govt. and family members was even opposed to joining the Bhajan Lal led newly converted Congress Govt. Surjewala reveals that following instruction from Indira Gandhi he had to join Bhajan cabinet.
Surjewala is close to Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.He has revealed in the book that how in 1977 he had run the state congress affairs from his flat in Chandigarh .Surjewala has also revealed that how Bhajanlal, then chief minister had tried to defeat him from Narwana in 1982 elections. During Bansilal led govt. in Haryana ,Surjewala had brought Sonia Gandhi in Jind district to introduce her with family of those farmers who had committed suicide due to poverty.
Surjewala was found of travelling and having frequent parties with friends which includes, Vinod Chuga, Kaliram, Dr.Uttam Singh, Laxman Dev Arya and Jagdish Rai.
Born in a rich famer family Surjewala used to bath in village pond and was influenced by Communist ideology before joining Congress .Married early to Vidhya Devi. Surjewala writes that although she was not well educated d but proved as a good wife and good mother .Surjewala regrets that although after 1982 Haryana Vidhansabha polls, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi wanted him to be chief minister but perhaps it was not in his destiny.
recalls that how Rajiv Gandhi had paid impromptu visit to his
constituency in self driven Jonga jeep.His son Randeep Surjewala is
an important minister in Bhupinder Hooda led Haryana Govt.
Interestingly in 2004 Loksabha polls despite announcement of Sonia
Gandhi, Randeep Surjewala could not get party ticket from Hisar due
to intrigues of Bhupinder Hood and his arch rival Birender Singh as
both have joined hands to deny Randeep party ticket. Media friendly
Surjewala had good relations with media.