Candidature of Ashwini Chopra ‘Minna’ from Karnal may revive the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) following among the Punjabi speaking community in the state.
According to the political observers, the Punjabi speaking community comprises about 15% voters with sizeable presence in all parliamentary segments except Gurgaon and Bhiwani-Mahendergarh.
This time, the Indian national Lok Dal (INLD) had fielded two Punjabi candidates — Jaswinder Singh Sandhu (Karnal) and RK Anand (Faridabad).
But the Congress and the BJP till now had not given any representation to the Punjabis, including the Jat Sikhs.
Political analysts say that while the INLD has Ashok Arora as its prominent Punjabi face, the Congress and the BJP had failed to give representation to the community.
Sitting Panipat legislator Balbir Pal Shah was the last prominent Punjabi leader with a pan-Haryana influence.
He remained the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee from 1987 to 1989 and party general secretary from 1978 to 1979 and 1985 to 1986. But he was later sidelined by the party and is restricted to his assembly segment.