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Hry polls: Opposition within to khap leaders

chandigarh Updated: Sep 25, 2014 00:03 IST
Sat Singh
Sat Singh
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Khap is no ticket to victory. As khap panchayat leaders, they were considered to be preserving the social administration system, but as official candidates of big political parties now, they’re seen as using the social platform for own ends.

Khap leaders have opposition within to their assembly election candidature in Haryana. Santosh Dahiya, women’s wing president of Sarv Khap Sarv Jat Mahapanchayat, is Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) nominee from Beri. Baljit Singh (Dada) is head of Malik Khap and Bharatiya Janata Party contender from Baroda in Sonepat district. Shamsher Kharkara is BJP candidate from Meham, while Kandela Khap chief Tek Ram Kandela is in the race for the Congress ticket from Jind. khaps of 50 villages in Jind last week asked Kandela to resign as khap president before entering electoral politics. Rakhi Barha Khap chief Suresh Koth reminded people that the purpose of khaps was to raise social issues, not through electoral politics but by mass contact. Dhull Khap also vowed to oppose his candidature, if Tek Ram did not fall in line. The rival khap of Malik gotra asked its chief and Gohana BJP candidate Baljit Singh to refrain from mobilising support in its name.

Nominees envy of rival khaps

After the BJP fielded Malik Khap chief Dada from Baroda and AAP turncoat Jai Singh Thekadar (Banwala) from Gohana, Dahiya Khap told the saffron party to either accommodate candidates from its gotra also or it would field nominees opposite. Rajvir Dahiya and Anoop Dahiya, former Congressmen who joined the BJP recently, were in the contention for ticket from Gohana, but after Thekadar won the race, they asked Dahiya (second largest gotra in Sonepat district, with influence in 42 villages) to fight back.

Jai Thirth Dahiya is sitting Congress legislator from Rai.

No voting on caste lines: Jat Mahasabha

To thwart the grand plans of Jat candidates to cash in on the caste and community factors, Haryana Jat Mahasabha (HJM) will sensitise voters to remain wary of these elements.

INLD candidate and khap leader Santosh Dahiya Ahlawat has asked for Ahlawat gotra votes in Beri. A college professor in Kurukshetra, she is native of Dighal village dominated by Ahlawat Jats.

“Jats are the largest community in Haryana, and polarisation of their votes will be injurious to democracy,” said HJM state president Pradeep Hooda.