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HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014

Birender may contest from Hooda's turf

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Narnaud (Hisar), August 10, 2014
First Published: 18:57 IST(10/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:00 IST(10/8/2014)

Disgruntled senior Congress leader Birender Singh, who would be formally inducted into the BJP at a rally in Jind on August 16, may throw his hat in the ring from Garhi-Sampla-Kiloi against chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the forthcoming assembly polls in state.

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He, however, added that if need be he can also contest from Uchana assembly segment. Birender, who is also cousin of Hooda, stated this while addressing a press conference in Rohtak after inaugurating the office of a supporter's organisation. He said he would publicly announce his political decision at the scheduled Jind rally in the presence of BJP chief Amit Shah.

Notably, training guns at Hooda, Birender had declared not to contest poll under the banner of the Congress in the state and had announced to switch sides if he was not placated with the chief minister's post.

Responding to a query over contesting poll after his induction into the saffron party, he said it depends on his supporters' sentiments. If they pressurise him, he may not shy away from contesting against chief minster Bhupinder Singh Hooda from Garhi-Sampla-Kiloi, he said.

Birender Singh Dumerkha is grandson of iconic Jat leader Ch Chottu Ram, who had held clout and reverence in the Jat and farming belt in this part of the state.

To his supporters, he said they should not worry as if he gets elected, Rohtak would remain as chief minister's city. He also cited his long association with Rohtak by saying he had spent a large part of his life as a student here. Birender's supporters Sudhir Phogat and Amit Kajal had organised two programmes at different places for him.

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