Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates registered comfortable victories in all four assembly segments of Ambala Cantt, City, Naraingarh and Mullana. The victory is being attributed to a vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies. In the previous assembly, the Congress had two seats, with one seat each with the BJP and the INLD.
At the Cantt seat, BJP’s Anil Vij defeated four-time MLA and former minister Nirmal Singh of the Congress by 15,462 votes and polled 66,605 votes. Nirmal polled 51,143 votes with Suraj Jindal of the INLD polling only 5,407 votes. Vij has now won five of the seven elections that he has contested so far.
Soon after the results, thousands of jubilant Vij supporters gathered in Ambala Sadar and took him through a victory procession through the main bazaars with tremendous beating of drums and bursting of crackers.
Talking to reporters, Vij said the victory credit was due to party workers who had toiled hard. “The campaign was organised in a disciplined manner,” he said.
He claimed that the Cantt constituency was the only segment where no public rally was held and no state or central leader had visited the constituency for campaigning adding that the central leadership was aware of the potential of local leaders.
“The era of development has been ushered in for the Cantt, which has been treated in a step-motherly fashion over the last decade. I will leave no stone unturned to ensure all round development and growth of the constituency.
HJC chief loses in Ambala city
In Ambala City, BJP’s Assem Goyal has defeated Haryana Jan Chetna Party (HJC) chief Venod Sharma by 23,252 votes. Goyal polled 60,216 votes, Sharma got 36,964 votes Himmat Singh (Congress) got 34,658 votes and Balvinder Punia (SAD) received 22,783 votes. Venod is a former union minister and had won the last two elections on a Congress ticket, floated his own political party and fielded candidates in alliance with HJC. Assem Goyal, who was taken round in victory procession, said a new era had dawned in Haryana and it was the victory of the people.