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chandigarh Updated: Aug 20, 2014 08:48 IST
Sat Singh
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Hindustan Times
Capt Ajay Singh Yadav

Ahir leader Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, 56, who has been representing Rewari constituency in the state assembly for a sixth time, has been in the middle of a political storm, after heavyweight Ahir leader Rao Inderjit Singh deserted the Congress and joined the BJP before the last Lok Sabha election.

Rao, who was the Congress MP from Gurgaon and has won again on a BJP ticket, had stirred the public sentiment by accusing chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of being biased against south Haryana in undertaking development and providing jobs.

Under pressure from supporters and following outburst of public sentiments, though Capt Yadav does at times send his government in a tizzy by blowing hot and cold, such moves always end with a face-saving exercise.

His failure in getting the Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat for his son Chiranjeev Rao, who is the son-in-law of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, is another proof of his diminishing clout in the party, after the Congress chose to field Badshahpur MLA Rao Dharampal. The Congress candidate polled seven times fewer votes than BJP’s Rao Inderjit Singh from Rewari segment of Gurgaon constituency.

In an attempt to cash in on the simmering anger in the public in south Haryana over development and jobs in government sector, political parties held rallies there before the parliamentary polls.

PM Narendra Modi kicked off his national campaign from Rewari in September 2013. BJP chief Amit Shah also kicked off the Haryana election campaign from the Ahir land, Mahendergarh, on August 14.

Talking to HT over phone, Capt Yadav said if his tenure be compared to the previous Indian National Lok Dal government, several crores of rupees more had been put into development. “We have Mirpur University, ITIs and cemented roads, electricity and water supply available for people,” he said, adding that the recent recruitment list of JBT teachers had 100 candidates from Rewari.