Khap leaders lose in Haryana polls
None of the Khap leaders who were in electoral fray in assembly polls stood victorious including three who were fielded by established political parties. Bharatiya Janata Party had fielded Shamsher Singh Kharkara, head of Aithgama (cluster of eight villages) from Meham segment.
Baljit Singh Malik head of Malik khap, one of the largest Khap in northern India was saffron party candidate from Baroda assembly segment. INLD had fielded Santosh Dahiya, women wing head of sarv khap sarv mahapanchayat from Beri assembly segment.
Tek Ram Kandela was an independent candidate from Jind assembly segment, after been denied ticket by Congress.
As per completion of 90% trends on counting day, Baljit Singh Malik was on fourth position. Tek Ram Kandela, head of Kandela khap having influence in 24 village of Jind district was trailing on 5th position.
Shamsher Singh Kharkara, a BJP candidate was polled 22,800 votes, while sitting MLA and Congress candidate Anand Singh Dangi was leading and polled 30,511 votes.
The woman khap leader Santosh Dahiya, an INLD candidate from Beri segment was on fourth position.
Experts said for Khap leaders who were known for their notoriety in issuing bizarre diktat and the electoral defeat is a lesson to respect democracy and liberty of citizens.