Bowing further to the pressure mounted by its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) on Thursday withdrew its claim on the Karnal parliamentary seat.
HJC president Kuldee p Bishnoi said that the party would now contest from Sirsa (SC), the home turf of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), and field the twotime parliamentarian Dr Sushil Indora from there.
A qualified doctor, Indora formally announced to quit the Congress in Hisar on Thursday and formally joined the HJC.
Bishnoi said that it was a conscious decision of the HJC leadership to opt Sirsa over Karnal, keeping winnability factor of candidate in mind.
Indora was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998 and the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999 on the INLD ticket from Sirsa, but lost the seat to Atma Singh Gill of the Congress in 2004.
When the INLD did not field Indora in 2009 LS polls, he joined the Congress before the assembly elections in the same year and fought from Kalanwali (reserved). He lost the election to Shiromani Akali Dal’s Charanjit Singh, who now is contesting on the INLD ticket.
However, insiders said that the HJC was “forced” to step back from Karnal.
On Wednesday, HJC Karnal candidate Chander Mohan had to withdraw his name within 24 hours of the announcement as the BJP is learnt to have objected to his candidature owing to his controversial past.