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Family contests to come to fore in former CM’s constituency

After the conviction of principal opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo OP Chautala in the 1999 JBT recruitment scam, and desertion by prominent Congress leader Birender Singh, their family members are set to contest from Uchana Kalan.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 20, 2014 14:34 IST
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After the conviction of principal opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo OP Chautala in the 1999 JBT recruitment scam, and desertion by prominent Congress leader Birender Singh, their family members are set to contest from Uchana Kalan.

Chautala is the sitting MLA from Uchana Kalan assembly segment and Singh contested against him in 2009 While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that they will field Prem Lata Singh, wife of Birender Singh who joined the BJP last month, the INLD is considering Chautala’s wife Sneh Lata for the segment by trying to use the electorate’s sentiment as leverage.

Bhag Singh, former INLD MLA who switched sides to Congress, is among the front runners for the Congress ticket after Birender Singh joined the saffron party over not being projecting as the chief ministerial candidate.

In the 2000 assembly polls, Bhag Singh, a native of Chhatar village which falls under this segment, contested on INLD ticket and defeated Birender Singh from Uchana Kalan.

Rumours are rife that — Ranpal Sheokand, nephew of Birender Singh, Azad Singh Palwa and Sube Singh — are also eyeing the Congress ticket. They held the party fort even after their uncle Birender Singh deserted it after decades of association.

This segment, a Jat community stronghold, has witnessed a sharp division between Jats and non-Jats since the Lok Sabha polls, when INLD Lok Sabha candidate from Hisar Dushyant Chautala polled 87,243 votes while then sitting Hisar MLA and Haryana Janhit Congress chief Kuldeep Bishnoi got 13,070 votes from here.

Notably, the Sheokand Gotra of Jat community, which is spread across 24 villages under this segment, plays a crucial role in deciding the victor from Uchana Kalan.

After BJP announced the candidature of Prem Lata, wife of five-time MLA from Uchana Kalan and a former finance minister Birender Singh, the INLD may field Chautala’s wife Sneh Lata against the BJP candidate, in the absence of the INLD supremo who is in jail.