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Campaigning ends, tough triangular contest on cards

With the campaigning for the Hisar Lok Sabha bypoll coming to an end on Tuesday evening, the stage is set for a triangular contest between the ruling Congress, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Haryana Janhit Congress-BJP combine.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 11, 2011 21:23 IST
HT Correspondent

With the campaigning for the Hisar Lok Sabha bypoll coming to an end on Tuesday evening, the stage is set for a triangular contest between the ruling Congress, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Haryana Janhit Congress-BJP combine.

The fortnight saw frenzied poll campaigning with all the three candidates -- Jai Prakash of the Congress, Ajay Chautala of the INLD and Kuldeep Bishnoi of the HJC-BJP combine going full steam. The trio is locked in a tough contest for the Parliament seat which was vacant after the death of Bishnoi’s father and former chief minister, Bhajan Lal.

The arrival of Team Anna on the turf of Hisar had further livened up things with the Anna Team mapping the entire length and breadth of the parliamentary constituency opposing the Congress.

While the anti-corruption catchphrase was a fad for all the candidates during their campaign, it was the local issues like discrimination in terms of jobs and development, law and order etc and caste equations which figured prominently during the canvassing.

All the three political parties in the fray – the Congress, the INLD and HJC-BJP alliance organized rallies during the last few days of the campaign attracting an array of leaders from across the country. BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Navjot Sidhu, Congress leaders Sheila Dixit and Raj Babbar, TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu ( for INLD) were the star attractions at these public rallies held at the heart of Hisar town.

With two Jats –- Jai Prakash of the Congress and Ajay Chautala of INLD pitted against a non-Jat, Kuldeep Bishnoi of the HJC-BJP, the slogan of Jats versus non-Jat was heard during the campaigning.

The polling for the by-election will take place on October 13 while the counting of votes will be held on October 17.