Six-time Congress MLA faces BJP’s challenge

  • Sat Singh, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2014 16:15 IST

The Rewari assembly segment, which is being represented by Congress veteran and state minister Capt Ajay Yadav for six consecutive terms, has been a subject of interest of opposition parties – the BJP and Indian National Lok Dal in the run-up to the October 15 assembly polls.

South Haryana’s prominent Ahir leader — Rao Inderjit Singh has been lobbying for his daughter Aarti Rao, who entered in politics in 2013, when he floated a non-political outfit, Haryana Insaaf Manch.

Rao Inderjit Singh, a former Congressman is now BJP MP from Gurgaon and union minister in the Narendra Modi government.

Randhir Singh Kapdiwas, who contested last four assembly polls, including two on BJP ticket from Rewari segment, is another aspirant for BJP ticket.

Kapdiwas, a former armyman, is popular in the Ahir region for his social activism and is considered a force to reckon with despite not being elected to the assembly ever.

Playing it safe, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has fielded Satish Yadav, who was runners-up in the 2009 assembly poll and surprised everyone by bagging 35,269 votes, just 13,288 short of Congress stalwart Capt Ajay Yadav. Locals say Satish Yadav, a property dealer by profession, got big number of votes in the last assembly poll as he had a tacit support of Rao Inderjit Singh.

Raghu Yadav, general secretary of Haryana Janhit Congress has declared his interest to contest from Rewari, however party is yet to announce its official candidate.

Issues to dominate in poll season

The Congress leaders of Rewari claimed that the Ahir region witnessed a large-scale development in 9 years of the Congress rule and Capt Ajay Yadav is likely to be elected to assembly for the seventh time due to efforts he had made for the region.

Contrary to it, a BJP leader said development is the biggest plank they will raise in the run up to assembly polls, as from civic facilities to jobs to youths, the region was never a priority in the Congress’ last two consecutive regimes in the state.

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