A large number of candidates across the political spectrum filed their nomination papers on the last day for filing of nominations for the assembly elections, on Saturday. As per Election Commission, 1,239 nominations were filed on Saturday. A total of 2,049 nominations have been filed for the 90 assembly constituencies in Haryana.
Chief ministerial candidate of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Arvind Sharma who had earlier declared to contest from Rai assembly seat in Sonepat, on Saturday surprised everyone when filed his nomination papers from Julana assembly seat in Jind. Sharma is also contesting from Yamunanagar.
Sharma, a Congress deserter, said the decision of contesting from Julana was not his but of his supporters. Experts said Sharma wanted to cash in on the support non-Jat voters since the Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Lok Dal and Congress have fielded Jat faces from Julana.
Haryana irrigation minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav filed his nomination from Rewari assembly segment, a seat from where he has won six elections in 1989, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2009. Industries and commerce minister Randeep Singh Surjewala, who is seeking to enter the assembly for fourth time, filed his nomination papers from Kaithal, a seat he won in 2009. In 2009, Surjewala was forced to move to Kaithal, leaving his home turf, Narwana, which became a reserved constituency after delimitation.
Senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala who is steering the party in the absence of the party supremo and contesting a general election for the first time, having won in the 2000 (Rori) and 2010 byelections (Ellenabad) — the seats vacated by his father Om Prakash Chautala, also filed his nomination from Ellenabad on the last day of nomination.
Naina Chuatala, wife of incarcerated INLD leader Ajay Singh Chautala, too filed her nomination papers from Dabwali, an assembly seat held by her husband, on the last day of filing nominations.
BJP candidate Jagdish Nehra, who is a Congress deserter, filed his papers from Rania segment while first-time candidates from Sirsa, Naveen Kedia (Congress) and Makhan Lal Singla (INLD) also filed their papers on the last day. Meanwhile, INLD candidate from Ellenabad, Abhay Singh Chautala said he was confident of winning with a bigger margin than before. “People of Ellenabad have assured me that I should travel to the remaining 89 constituencies for campaigning and they would take care of my seat,” Chautala said.