Khap leaders clash over political stance

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 20:09 IST

Dashing the hopes of some prominent khap leaders who apparently wanted to derive mileage out of their association with social bodies in the assembly polls, leaders of 50 khaps in Jind on Monday declared to launch a smear campaign if such khap leaders attempted to politicise the social administration system.

Leaders of Satrol, Bura, Kundu, Khera, Hooda, Deswal, Benain and several others khaps under Sarv Jat Khap Mahapanchayat had last week called a meeting of khap elders at Jind to decide on supporting a single political party in the October-15 assembly polls in the state.

Striking a chord of dissent, Rakhi Barha khap pradhan Suresh Koth said those leaders who had announced to take a decision on supporting a political party should check their move as they do not have any prerogative to take a decision on behalf of rest of the khap.

Nafe Singh Nain of Binain khap and Sube Singh Samain, spokesperson of Sarv Jat Khap Mahapanchayat, had said khaps need to participate in elections actively to raise the social issues and they should make clear their stance to electorate for the next month’s assembly polls.

Jagat Singh Rehdu, a spokesperson of Kandela khap, said leaders who wanted to contest election should do so in their personal capacity after resigning from khap posts and they have no right to contest election while banking on the khap strength.

Kandela Khap pradhan Tek Ram Kandela, who recently joined the Congress, is eyeing party ticket from Jind assembly segment. Among others from khaps, Kurukshetra University professor Santosh Dahiya has been fielded by Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) from Beri segment and Aithgama khap pradhan Shamsher Kharkara is Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Meham segment.

Tek Ram Kandela is among frontrunners for Congress ticket from Jind assembly segment, while Baljit Malik, pradhan of Malik khap, is seeking BJP ticket from any constituency in Sonepat district.

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