Tension prevailed in the Chhotu Ram Chowk area here on Sunday when supporters of Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress winning candidate from Kaithal and Jai Parkash, Independent from Kalayat assembly segment, clashed and pelted each other with stones.
Some people from both sides suffered minor injuries and the situation was brought under control by the timely arrival of police force. Sudeep Surjewala, brother of Randeep Surjewala, and Randhir Singh, brother of Jai Parkash, tried to persuade their workers not to aggravate the situation. However, no case was registered. Over half-a-dozen vehicles parked on roads bore the brunt of stone pelting.
According to information, barricades were put up by the police to regulate traffic on the Ambala road during the counting of votes for four assembly segments at local RKSD College. Supporters of Randeep Surjewala and Jai Parkash (JP) assembled at Chhotu RamChowk and the two sides started raising slogans in favour of respective leaders. Soon the situation took an ugly turn and they started pelting each other with stones. As the news reached with police high-ups, SP Kuldeep Singh Yadav and deputy commissioner NK Solanki rushed the spot with heavy police force and warned the warring groups of strict action after which the supporters of the two leaders calmed down.
Legwork by CM's family in home turf reaps no fruits
Rohtak: Though outgoing chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his family members campaigned heavily in the former’s home turf, Congress candidate from the constituency Bharat Bhushan Batra failed to win.
Hooda’s wife Asha Hooda and daughter-in-law Sweta Hooda ran campaigns for Batra, who was given best legislator award. Hooda himself also held a road show and urged voters to remember how Rohtak had become synonymous with development in Haryana.
However, BJP’s Manish Grover defeated Batra by a margin of 11,132 votes.
Accusing Hooda of violating the model code of conduct by meeting local residents at the Bar association and the market on October 14, after the last date for campaigning, the BJP lodged a complaint with Election Commission.
Batra, an advocate by profession, was handpicked by Hooda after replacing another Punjabi leader — Shadi Lal Batra. The latter was placated with a Rajya Sabha seat.
In the Lok Sabha poll, Congress candidate Deepender Singh Hooda won from the Rohtak assembly segment albeit with a narrow margin and that too after mother Asha Hooda herself campaigned in entire constituency.
Poll watchers said Congress cited development brought about by MP Deepender Hooda in his previous two terms to woo voters during the Lok Sabha polls. But, this time voters chose wisely by favouring the Prime Minister’s model of development, they said.
Conceding his defeat, Batra, in a press release, said that he respected the electorate’s verdict and urged the newly elected BJP legislator Manish Grover to keep up the pace of development in Rohtak.
Our work for the people will continue: Savitri Jindal
Hisar: Congress candidate from Hisar Savitri Jindal, who was defeated by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dr Kamal Gupta in the assembly elections, said she and her party accepted the people’s verdict.
Talking to mediapersons on Sunday, she said, “We accept the people’s verdict. But, we shall continue serving them while remaining in opposition and I congratulate Dr Kamal Gupta on his victory. We will put up a healthy opposition to the BJP in the state and at the Centre.
Jindal who finished second, said, “I am committed to fulfilling the dreams of late OP Jindal who wanted to see Hisar and its people at the country’s top. We will work rising above party politics, and to meet people’s expectations.”