Two-time MLA from Bahadurgarh Nafe Singh Rathi (56), who recently joined the BJP in the hope of getting ticket from the same constituency, has threatened to contest as an independent candidate, if party failed to roll back their decision on naming new comer candidate Naresh Kaushik from Bahadurgarh assembly segment.
Rathi, a former Indian National Lok Dal leader, had joined saffron party in August after quitting his three decades of association after he was declined ticket and party fielded Teja Pehalwan in his place.
Addressing media persons at Bahadurgarh assembly segment under Rohtak parliamentary constituency, he said that the saffron party assured him of ticket from Bahadurgarh segment which was the reason he joined the party and now if they did not respect their commitment, he would be forced to take such a step. Notably, Rathee polled 19,289 votes in 2009 assembly poll from Bahadurgarh against Congress winning candidate Rajender Joon, who polled--38,641.
Talking to HT over phone, he said that he did ask the INLD supremo O.P Chautala, when he was declined ticket by party and he was doing the same to BJP after taking his supporters in confidence.
Notably, Ramesh Dalal, who earlier contested from Bahadurgarh on BJP ticket is also exploring his option to fight as an independent candidate, but sources said that he was hopeful to be fielded from Beri assembly segment.
Similarly, Rajesh Joon, who is seeking ticket to Congress party from Bahadurgarh segment against sitting MLA Rajender Joon can be another leader in poll fray as an independent candidate, if was denied ticket.