Faced with saffron challenge, Lals’ heirs slugging it out in Bagri belt

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Oct 03, 2014 10:04 IST

In the run-up to October-15 assembly polls, the political heirs of Devi Lal, Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal — the famous Lals of Haryana who remained chief ministers — are facing a new challenge from the Bharatiya Janata Party, which surprised everyone by bagging seven Lok Sabha seats.

The Congress, whose state chief Ashok Tanwar lost the Lok Sabha poll from Sirsa, can spring a surprise on some seats in this area called as the Bagri belt as several migrants got settled here from the bordering Rajasthan.

The Bagri belt comprising Bhiwani, Hisar and Sirsa districts is set to witness a fierce poll battle with heirs of Lals — from Abhay Chautala who is steering the Indian National Lok Dal in absence of his father and party supremo OP Chautala to Haryana Janhit Congress supremo and Bhajan Lal’s son Kuldeep Bishnoi — in the fray. Firebrand Congress leader Kiran Choudhry, who state excise and taxation minister and daughter-in-law of Bansi Lal, is in the fray from Tosham segment, while Lal’s son Ranbir Singh Mahendra is contesting from Badhra segment in Bhiwani district.

Be it any political dynasty in Hisar, Sirsa or Bhiwani, they cannot overlook the emergence of the saffron party.

Kiran Choudhry, whose daughter Shruti Choudhry lost to their arch rival Dharambir Singh from Bhiwani in the Lok Sabha polls, is facing challenge in Tosham from a Dharambir-supported candidate Gunpal Singh. Dharambir’s real brother Rajbir Singh Lala has also filed nomination as an Independent candidate in Tosham.

Since his father OP Chautala and elder brother Ajay Chautala are in jail for the last 19 months in connection with the JBT teachers’ recruitment scam, Abhay Chautala, sitting MLA from Ellenabad, is facing challenge from his former key aide Pawan Beniwal who is BJP candidate.

INLD sources claimed that Pawan was one-man solution for Abhay to the matters of poll management, but the two fell out owing to some property-related dispute. Son of former chief minister Bhajan Lal, Kuldeep Bishnoi, who is president of the Haryana Janhit Congress and a claimant for the chief minister’s post, chose to contest election from his family pocket borough Adampur after losing the Lok Sabha poll from Hisar. Bishnoi was pitted against Chautala clan heir Dushyant Chautala in the parliamentary elections.

While Bishnoi’s wife, who was legislator from Adampur, is contesting from Hansi segment, his elder brother Chander Mohan is in the fray from Nalwa against former finance minister and Congress veteran Sampat Singh.

BJP national spokesperson Capt Abhimanyu Sindhu, who is harbouring dreams of becoming CM has thrown his hat in the ring from Narnaund segment of Hisar district. Capt Abhimanyu lost from Narnaund in 2009 against INLD candidate Saroj Mor.

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