Releasing the names of 58 candidates of his Haryana Janhit Congress, party leader Kuldeep Bishnoi on Thursday said while he would contest from Adampur, his wife Renuka from Hansi and his elder brother and former deputy chief minister Chander Mohan would be party candidate from Nalwa seat in the ensuing assembly polls.
The HJC list amply accommodated non-Jat candidates, giving only about seven seats to Jat candidates, while most other seats went to candidates belonging to Brahmin, Punjabi, Yadav, Rajput and Dalit communities.
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The Jat candidates include HJC senior leader and former MLA Dharam Pal Malik from Gohana, Neelam Sihag (Narnaund) and Vikram Rathi (Ganauar), Bahadur Singh (Loharu), Ramesh Dult (Tohana), Devender Aryanagar (Badhra) and Randhir Parihar (Uchana Kalan).
The list had at least nine candidates who had been MLAs either as independents or on tickets of other parties. Besides Malik, Chander Mohan and Renuka Bishnoi, there was Dura Ram who will contest from Fatehabad, Rakesh Kamboj (Indri), Jai Singh Rana (Gharaunda), Bahadur Singh (Loharu), Ram Swaroop Rama (Ratia) and Naresh Yadav, from Ateli.
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Briefing mediapersons further, Bishnoi, who was accompanied by his ally and former Congress MLA Venod Sharma who had floated his Haryana Jan Chetna Party, Chander Mohan and others, said while the HJC would contest 65 seats, its ally HJCP will field candidates from 25. Bishnoi, however, named 58 candidates and said the names for remaining seven — Badkhal, Dabwali, Rohtak, Tosham, Samalkha, Ellenabad and Kalanwali seats would be released soon.
Bishnoi and Sharma said the HJC-HJCP alliance had no differences of any kind and decided to field winnable candidates with clean image. Asked from where he would contest, Sharma said he would contest from Ambala City and would be naming remaining 24 candidates of his party on Friday.
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Asked why Chander Mohan was being fielded from Nalwa and not from Panchkula from where he had remained MLA for four times, he said it was on the demand of people of Nalwa.
He said former MC president Ravinder Rawal would contest from Panchkula as his name was recommended by Chander Mohan only. To the question that how many candidates had come from the Congress, he said Rawal and Arjun Singh had joined HJC only on Wednesday.
‘Tickets on sale’
The press briefing ended on a bitter note when minutes after the departure of the HJC-HJCP alliance leaders, former MLA Shashi Parmar from Dadri and an HJC leader from Nilokheri, NK Goyal, raised slogans against Bishnoi and alleged that they had given Rs 50 lakh to him yet they were not given the tickets. “Tickets are being sold by the leaders,” he alleged.