Senior leader of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Abhay Singh Chautala, who won from Ellenabad in the 2010 bypoll is steering the party in the absence of his father and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and elder brother and Dabwali MLA Ajay Chautala. Among others, he would face his one-time confidant Pawan Beniwal, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate.
While the Congress is yet to announce its nominee, Bharat Beniwal who contested the 2010 bypoll against Abhay is likely to be fielded against the BJP and INLD heavyweights.
The election to Ellenabad seat was necessitated in 2010 after INLD supremo OP Chautala vacated the seat as he had won from Uchana Kalan as well as Ellenabad in the 2009 assembly polls.
To face sitting MLA Abhay Chautala whose persona attracts awe in political and social circles, the Congress does not have any option but to name Bharat Beniwal to match the former’s stature.
Bharat Beniwal, who lost to Abhay in 2010 bypoll by 6,227 votes, wields clout in the region more for using muscle power to settle disputes than for his electoral performance.
BJP candidate Pawan Beniwal, nephew of former INLD MLA Vidya Beniwal, till recently was known as the right hand man of Abhay Chautala but fell apart owing to some dispute and joined the saffron party. INLD sources said Abhay was dependent on him for the crucial poll management during the assembly elections.
The names of Ramesh Bhadu, a Youth Congress leader, and Sube Singh Chaharwala, president of ‘Nai Subhe’, a social organisation, are also doing the rounds as they have staked claim for Congress ticket on the basis of their clean image.
The Haryana Lokhit Party, which has its base in Sirsa district, has declared Punjab and Haryana high court advocate Jasjeet Singh Khoda, who hails from Dhani Bachan Singh, as its candidate from Ellenabad segment.