The Ratia (reserved) assembly segment under Sirsa parliamentary constituency, from where the Congress won the 2011 bypoll to settle the issue of majority in the Vidhan Sabha, is likely to see a keen contest in the coming assembly elections as the Bharatiya Janata Party appears to be on strong footing.
In 2009, Congress candidate Jarnail Singh had won from this Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) stronghold after nearly three decades as byelection was necessitated after the demise of the-then sitting MLA Gian Chand.
Jarnail Singh, who hails from the Sikh community and is likely to be the Congress nominee for the October-15 poll, won the December 2011 bypoll by a margin of 12,703 votes after beating Sarfi Devi, INLD candidate and widow Gian Chand.
Taking a lead in naming candidate from Ratia, the INLD has fielded a greenhorn, Ravinder Baliala, who is a faculty member at Kurukshetra University and hails from the Sikh community, to wrest the seat from the Congress.
In the recent Lok Sabha poll, INLD candidate Charanjit Singh Rori registered victory from Ratia (reserved) segment — that comes under Sirsa Lok Sabha seat — by bagging 52,772 votes against the Congress candidate Ashok Tanwar, who polled 50,853 votes. The BJP-HJC combine candidate Sushil Indora got 27,359 votes from Ratia.
For the BJP ticket, Fatehabad zila parishad chairman Angrej Singh Lali from the Sikh Ramdasia community and Laxman Nappa from the Odh community, who lost election to Angrej Singh Lali, are frontrunners.
Angrej Singh Lali joined the BJP at party’s August rally in Mahendergarh in presence of its national president Amit Shah.
A minister in the then Bhajan Lal government, Ram Swaroop Rama is eyeing the Haryana Janhit Congress ticket from Ratia (reserved).
Political experts say 10,029 votes bagged by Aam Aadmi Party candidate Poonam Chand Ratti from Ratia segment in the Lok Sabha poll, could be a deciding factor in the October-15 assembly poll.