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Eight elections since 1977, winners belonging to seven different parties and two candidates getting re-elected with different affiliations.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Hisar
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2004 11:14 AM IST

Eight elections since 1977, winners belonging to seven different parties and two candidates getting re-elected with different affiliations - this in a nutshell is the history of Hissar Lok Sabha constituency.

Not only this two main contenders of the May 10 elections are those who have won from here twice earlier - but on both the occasions with different party affiliations.

Ruling INLD's Surender Singh Barwala, who is seeking re-election won the 1999 election as INLD nominee whereas in 1998 he won from here as a candidate of Haryana Lok Dal (HLD).

Barwala's key opponent former union deputy minister Jai Parkash is this time contesting as a Congress nominee whereas in 1996 he had entered the Lok Sabha as a representative of the Bansi Lal led Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), which has this time put up a former Haryana minister Kanwal Singh.

Jai Parkash had entered the Lok Sabha in 1989 also winning from here as a candidate of the Janata Dal. He had unsuccessfully contested from here in 1991 when again his party was different - Janta Party (JP).

Congress is the only party which had won the seat twice - Narain Singh was the winner in 1991 while Birender Singh, a former Haryana Congress President, was the victorious candidate in 1984.

The seat was won by Inder Singh of Bhartiya Lok Dal (BLD) in 1977 and Mani Ram Godara of Jan Nayak Party (JNP) in 1980.

There are 16 candidates in fray this time - which is double as compared with the 1999 Lok Sabha elections.

BJP has put up Radhawa Nana, a religious preacher, who had to be brought in a last minute entrant after the party found at the last moment that its original nominee Jai Bhagwan Godara was not registered as a voter - a mandatory requirement for a contender.

The electioneering has picked up in the Hisar parliamentary constituency. Campaigning is feverish and fast for the late entrants into the fray namely Jai Prakash (Congress) and saffron clad Raghvanand (BJP).

Their rivals Surender Singh Barwala(INLD) and Kanwal Singh (Haryana Vikas Party) have entered into the the second round of campaigning in the constituency.

The Haryana Vikas Party and BJP do not appear to be in a contest or winning position in the quadrangular fight in Hissar, a constituency which earlier included Sirsa and Bhiwani.

Not only this Bansi Lal, Bhajan Lal and Devi Lal, the three Lals of Haryana originally belonged to this district and it was only later on that Bansi Lal during his tenure carved out Bhiwani as a separate district and Devi Lal carved out the Sirsa district.

The real race is between two related and old horses of this constituency, Surender Singh Barwala(INLD) and Jai Prakash (Congress) both of whom have twice won this seat.

Jai Prakash is facing intra-party dissensions because HPCC chief Bhajan Lal and his supporters are not actively behind him but the anti-incumbency factor of the ruling INLD is favouring him this time.

The gentleness and polite demeanour of the candidate, clean image and the development works, old age pension etc. are the plus points of INLD candidate while Jai Prakash gained sympathy of the electorate after being framed in some cases recently in his home town of Barwala.

In this election the support of BKU to the Congress party may create problems for the INLD nominee.

The voting pattern in Hisar assembly segment of the constituency would decide the fate of the major contestants.

O P Jindal, MLA, who had also finished as runners up in the 1998 elections and Birendar Singh, who was at number two position in the 1999 election, are the main supporters of Jai Prakash and are leaving no stone unturned for his victory, while on the other hand Chief Minister O P Chautala himself has addressed several election meetings to muster support for Surender Singh Barwala.

For the BJP nominee Radhawa Nand no senior party leader has come so far to campaign in his favour.

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