The zila parishad results declared on Thursday came as a mixed bag for Indian National Lok Dal’s first family as one of its members lost while another won on their home turf, here. Kanta Chautala, wife of leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala, lost the election from Zone 4 zila parishad seat that comes under the Dabwali assembly segment. However, Karan Chautala, son of Abhay Chautala, won the Zone 12 zila parishad seat.
Interestingly, Kanta lost to her brother-in-law Aditya Devi Lal, son of former CM Om Prakash Chautala’s younger brother late Jagdish Chander. Aditya was a BJP-supported candidate and he won the seat by a margin of 7,106 votes. He was polled 14,788 votes against 7,682 of Kanta.
Dabwali assembly segment in Sirsa district is being represented by Naina Singh Chautala, who is Abhay’s elder brother Ajay Singh Chautala’s wife. Dabwali seat is considered as the stronghold of Chautalas.
Karan Chautala won the Zone 12 seat by a slender margin of 821 votes. Zone 12 falls under the Nathusari Chopta block of Sirsa district, which is part of the Ellenabad assembly seat represented by Abhay himself . Karan defeated Eklavya Beniwal, the son of Pawan Beniwal, onetime friend turned rival of Abhay Chautala. Beniwal had contested the 2014 assembly poll on BJP ticket from Ellenabad but lost to Abhay Singh by over 11,000 votes.
Talking to HT, Karan Chautala said, “A total of 13 seats are required to have majority in the 24-seat Zila Parishad and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has the required numbers. BJP has won five seats, Congress six. We will try to find out the reasons behind my mother’s defeat. We are on way to deputy commissioner’s office and will decide on chairman soon.”
Zone 16 seat was won by Congress-supported candidate, Rekha Rani, who won the seat by a margin of 9,730 votes.
INLD defends fort
SIRSA: With Indian National Lok Dal claiming to have won 13 seats in the 24-seat Sirsa zila parishad, the party will be in a majority for the third time in a row. Congress claims to have registered win in six zones, while BJP-supported candidates were declared elected in five zones.