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Gurgaon MP’s exit to change political equation in south Haryana

Hitender Rao, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, September 24, 2013
First Published: 01:02 IST(24/9/2013) | Last Updated: 01:10 IST(24/9/2013)

Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh’s announcement to quit the Congress on Monday has set the ball rolling for formation of new political equations in southern Haryana.

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While Inderjit has not made his future plans public, there are clear indications that the Ahir leader could carve out his political future by transforming his non-political front- Haryana Insaaf Manch into a full fledged political party. His daughter, Bharti Singh has in fact applied for the registration of Haryana Insaaf Congress as a political party.

His departure from the Congress is being considered as a setback for the ruling Congress in Ahir dominated constituencies of southern Haryana. The Ahirwal region in southern Haryana has 11 assembly segments spread over three Lok Sabha seats — Bhiwani-Mahendergarh, Gurgaon and Rohtak (one segment only) —having a sizeable presence of Ahir voters.

The ruling Congress at present has seven MLAs from these 11 segments which are situated in the districts of Gurgaon, Rewari and Mahendergarh. In fact, Inderjit’s younger brother, Rao Yadvendra Singh is also a Congress MLA from Kosli constituency.

While Inderjit’s meetings with BJP top leadership had set off speculations over the possibility of him switching sides, political analysts feel that it is quite unlikely that he will join the saffron party.

Haryana watchers feel that Inderjit could harm Congress prospects in Ahirwal if he floats his own political outfit and strikes an alliance with Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

His departure from the Congress has also thrown the field wide open for the Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat.

Rewari MLA and Haryana Power Minister, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav is certain to stake claim for a Congress ticket for Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat.

By announcing his decision to quit the Congress on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Rao Tula Ram who led the 1857 revolt against the British empire in Rewari area,  Rao Inderjit on Monday chose an apt platform to kick off his future political maneuvers.

The quantum of success he achieves in his new innings would determine his political future and standing in the state.

Congress unfazed by Inderjit’s decision

Congress on Monday appeared unconcerned over sulking party MP Rao Inderjit Singh’s decision to bid goodbye to “Congress politics”.“He is free to do that. There is no harm in that.

Congress party is yet to decide the candidate from the seat....It will take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time”, party spokesman P C Chacko told reporters in reply to questions on the issue. Singh, who was recently in the limelight for demanding a probe into land deals of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, today said he was bidding goodbye to “Congress politics”.

Addressing a rally at Rewari in Haryana, the member of Lok Sabha from Gurgaon said he would not contest the next elections for Congress as he was upset with the “existing circumstances” in the party.

Singh, the bete noire of Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has been sulking for quite some time especially after he was removed from the Union Council of Ministers about two years ago.

(PTI)


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