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Lok Sabha elections 2019: From Jat quota stir to electoral politics

All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) state spokesperson Rambhagat Malik said Koth shared stage with senior Jat leaders during 2010 protests for reservation for the community.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2019 11:01 IST
Bhaskar Mukherjee
Bhaskar Mukherjee
Hindustan Times, HISAR
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Koth, a resident of Koth Kalan village, completed his BA degree from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, in 2018.(HT Photo)

Suresh Koth, 50, has entered electoral politics after remaining active in farmer agitations, including the Jat reservation stir, for years.

Koth is the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate from Lok Sabha seat of Hisar.

He is pitted against Dushyant Chautala of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), which is contesting the polls in alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP); Congress candidate Bhavya Bishnoi, son of senior party leader Kuldeep Bishnoi; and BJP nominee Brijendra Singh, former bureaucrat and son of Union steel minister Birender Singh. Koth had actively participated in the quota agitation right from the time it was launched in Haryana in 2010. He is facing many criminal cases for blocking national highways, rioting and unlawful assembly at various police stations of Hisar.

All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) state spokesperson Rambhagat Malik said Koth shared stage with senior Jat leaders during 2010 protests for reservation for the community.

Koth, a resident of Koth Kalan village, completed his BA degree from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, in 2018.

Claiming that he is a common man, Koth says, “INLD is the only party that has given tickets to common people. It’s only the people like us who actually know the issues of the common man.”

He added, “Being a farmer leader, I know the problems and issues of the peasantry and how to get these resolved.”

Koth said he has already started his election campaign and is getting support from all sections of society.Asked about his contest with heavyweights of other parties, he said, “Heavyweight leaders from other parties will come here to seek votes and they will not show their face again for five years. However, I am going to stay here forever.”

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 11:01 IST