With the sitting Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA Krishan Kamboj deserting the party and joining the Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP), headed by former minister Gopal Kanda, the battle of ballot has got another dimension, as two veterans — Ranjit Singh and Jagdish Nehra — are set to face it each other in the October-15 assembly poll.
Son of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal and former MP, Ranjit Singh is again likely to be fielded by the Congress as its candidate from Rania. In the 2009 polls, Ranjit lost to Kamboj by 3,651 votes.
A former education and irrigation minister in the Congress regime, Jagdish Nehra, who called off his four decades of association with the party, has been fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as its candidate from this assembly segment.
From the Haryana Janhit Congress, a former Congress leader, who recently joined Kanda’s party, is likely to be fielded from here.
Gobind Kanda, younger brother of HLP chief Gopal Kanda has already declared his candidature from Rania segment.
Interestingly, sitting MLA Kamboj is canvassing on his side.
After Kamboj called it quits, the INLD had fielded Ram Chander Kamboj from the same community.
Notably, in Lok Sabha poll, Congress candidate Ashok Tanwar got 46,675 votes, INLD candidate Charanjit Singh Rori polled 55,423 and BJP-HJC combine candidate Sushil Indora got 15,036 votes from Rania assembly segment.
Political experts say besides Sirsa, stakes are high for the HLP in Rania as Gopal Kanda’s brother Gobind is in the poll fray.
At the same time, BJP candidate Jagdish Nehra, a loyalist of Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja and Ranjit Singh, would make the contest multi-cornered in the INLD stronghold.