Counting starts in Haryana, dynasties on the line

  • Hitender Rao, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 16, 2014 08:31 IST

Counting for all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana began on Friday.

The results of the general elections are believed to have an impact on the assembly polls expected to be held later this year.

With the ruling Congress battling 10 years of anti-incumbency as well as infighting, opposition parties are looking to make major inroads.

In the general elections, Haryana saw a four-cornered contest of the Congress, the BJP-HJC combine, the INLD and the AAP, which is looking to spread its base outside Delhi.

Industrialist Naveen Jindal (Kurukshetra) is seeking a third consecutive term, while Arvind Sharma (Karnal) and Avtar Singh Bhadana (Faridabad) are seeking their fourth terms.

Deepender Singh Hooda, two-time MP and son of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and Dushyant Chautala, grandson of incarcerated Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Om Prakash Chautala, are also in the fray.

The INLD, the principal opposition party in the assembly, is looking to re-establish its supremacy under Om Prakash Chautala's younger son Abhay Singh.

The BJP, in an alliance with Kuldeep Bishnoi's Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), is also eyeing a resurrection. The Lok Sabha poll results are likely to have an impact on Bishnoi's political career.

The dark horse in the race is the AAP. Two top leaders of the party, Arvind Kejriwal and Yogendra Yadav, are from Haryana.

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