Jats remain loyal to Hooda and Chautala

  • Sat Singh, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2014 15:26 IST

Jat voters, who make the single largest community in Haryana, maintained their loyalties with chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo Om Prakash Chautala.

According to the latest trends, Hooda managed to win 10 out of 14 seats in Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonepat districts, dubbed as the areas of his stronghold where he extensively campaigned during the assembly polls. In 2009, Hooda managed to win 13 out of total 14 seats.

This time, barring urban seats--Rohtak and Sonepat, where Congress MLA BB Batra lost and BJP Kavita Jain retained her seat from Sonepat, Congress won from Garhi Sampla Kiloi (Bhupinder Singh Hooda), Kalanaur(Shakuntala Khatak), Meham (Anand Singh Dangi), Jhajjar (Geeta Bhukkal), Beri (Raghbir Kadyan), Ganaur (Kuldeep Sharma), Rai (Jai Thirath), Gohana (Jagbir Malik), Baroda (Sri Krishan) and Kharkaudda (Jaivir Singh Balmiki).

Badli was the lone rural segment, from where Congress suffered a setback as BJP Om Prakash Dhankar won from there. Naresh Kaushik of BJP won Bahadurgarh.

For Hooda, who was facing severe anti-incumbency of his two regimes in a row since 2005, development bugle and Jat reservation seemed to have worked after he was successful in retaining maximum seats in his stronghold.

In Bhiwani, PWD minister Kiran Choudhry won from Tosham assembly segment by beating her nearest rival Kamla Rani of INLD.

In Sirsa, INLD Ellenabad legislator Abhay Chautala retained his Ellenabad seat, while his jailed elder brother-Ajay Chautala's wife Naina Chautala also remained victorious. INLD also won Rania seat in Sirsa district.

However, the loss of Dushyant Chautala, who is INLD Hisar MP against prominent Banger leader Birender Singh's wife Prem Lata is a set back to the Chautala clan, but Uchana Kalan victory had become more a personal fight than a political battle between two Jat families of Haryana.

BJP, which is set to form the next government in Haryana, had fielded 27 candidates from the Jat community.

DR Chaudhary, an expert on political affairs and retired professor from Delhi university, said by and large it seemed that Jat voters did not seek refuge in emerging bandwagon, but youths who wish to see development and jobs favoured the NaMo wave.

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