BJP candidate Rao Inderjit Singh celebrates his win in Gurgaon on Friday. (Sunil Saxena/ HT Photo)
The EVM chips threw up a coincidence of hat-tricks in the Gurgaon Lok Sabha constituency — the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rao Inderjit Singh managed to book a seat in Parliament for the third successive time, while Zakir Hussain of the Indian National Lok Dal has bagged the runner-up spot three times.
While Singh secured nearly 6.44 lakh votes, Hussain lost to him by nearly 2.74 lakh votes. The Congress stood third at 1.33 lakh votes, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was pushed to a distant fourth with just around 80,000 votes. None except Hussain, however, could retrieve the security deposit.
“I am very happy with the result and this was expected. This is a collective victory for the party, the people and Narendra Modi. It was a vote against corruption and the mismanagement of national affairs by the Congress, and the people have spoken up. My agenda will be to develop the backward areas of Haryana, including southern Haryana. People must be ready to vote for change in the upcoming assembly elections as well,” said Singh.
Hussain thanked his supporters and congratulated Singh, even calling him his elder brother. “I would like to request that now that the people have given him yet another opportunity, he at least fulfils some of the promises he has been making for years,” Hussain said.
Explaining his third consecutive defeat as a Lok Sabha candidate, Hussain said he had always been casualty of nationwide political waves. “In 1999, when I contested for the first time, the Kargil War affected the results; in 2009 there was a Manmohan Singh wave and this time there was a Modi wave,” he said.
The Congress succumbed to the saffron brigade just as in the rest of the country with its candidate Rao Dharampal, the sitting MLA from Badshahpur, coming a distant third. Languishing in the fourth place, AAP candidate Yogendra Yadav accepted “personal failures” but also tried to brush aside his defeat by attributing the results to communal tension.