His opponents say he is a spent force, but 78-year-old former chief minister Bhajan Lal insists he is "young enough" to win parliamentary elections.
"My health is absolutely good. I have not grown old. In fact, I am young enough to win elections and represent my people in the Lok Sabha," Lal told PTI in an interview.
Lal, a Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) nominee, is battling against sitting Congress MP Jai Prakash and Indian National Lok Dal's Sampat Singh from Hisar for the polls on May 7. Lal's son Kuldeep Bishnoi is heading the party.
Though his critics insist the two-time MP is old enough to serve the constituency now, Lal differs. "I know there are people who are pointing towards my age to get political mileage. But they should understand that people of Hisar have chosen me a number of times in past both for the Assembly and the Lok Sabha," he said.
Taking a dig at his critics, Lal expressed confidence that his experience will prevail over age, as most of the younger candidates of other parties are not even aware of the basic problems of the constituency.
"I may be slighter older than them but I have the experience and know the land and its people. I have all the reasons to win," he said.