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Jailed Doon MLA’s kin struggle to woo voters

Arvind Kashyap, Hindustan Times  Solan, May 06, 2014
First Published: 10:39 IST(6/5/2014) | Last Updated: 10:41 IST(6/5/2014)

Known for his anti Virbhadra Singh stance and facing charges of promoting a particular community and land mafia, four-time legislator and Congress leader Lajja Ram (81) and his son Madan Chaudhary are struggling to woo voters in Doon assembly segment, part of the Shimla constituency.

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While Lajja Ram’s son, sitting Congress legislator Ram Kumar Chaudhary, has been lodged in Ambala jail by Haryana police for allegedly murdering a young woman Jyoti, his family is campaigning aggressively to present a clean image to the party leadership.

Madan, also the chairman of the Baddi nagar parishad, has been visiting villages to campaign for the party’s Shimla candidate Mohan Lal Brakta.

“My brother has been framed in a murder case by Haryana police. He has been elected by the people of the segment with a respectable margin. How can a responsible public representative commit such a heinous crime,” Madan claimed.

He added that the opposition’s “propaganda regarding the anti-industries approach of the UPA government would fall flat in the current elections as the party had undertaken commendable development projects”.

“Certain detractors are trying to show that our family is against the CM, but the people of the constituency are aware of the nefarious designs of the BJP and the Congress’ black sheep,” he claimed.

Local BJP unit president Gopal Thakur claimed, “Before Ram Kumar, no public representative in Himachal was jailed for murder. His actions have virtually shamed the land of gods.”

However, Lajja Ram countered, “The Congress will get a respectable lead in this segment as we have carried out massive development activities during the last 25 years.”


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