Lok Sabha elections 2019: 33% nominees from main parties have only finished school
JJP candidate from Sonepat, Digvijay Chautala, son of former MP Ajay Chautala, and Nirmal Singh Malri, party candidate from Sirsa are also class 12 pass. Congress’ Avtar Bhadana (Faridabad), who is four-time MP, is under matric.Updated: May 04, 2019, 01:10 IST
One-third of the Lok Sabha candidates fielded by three main political parties — Congress, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and its splinter outfit Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) — have studied up to senior secondary (Class 12) or even less, as per their nomination papers submitted with the Election Commission.
Though the educational qualification is no criterion for contesting an election, four of the INLD candidates are just matriculate. Party’s Kurukshetra candidate Arjun Chautala, who is son of party leader Abhay Chautala, Balwan Singh (Bhiwani-Mahendergarh) and Surender Chhikara (Sonepat) have studied up to class 12.
JJP candidate from Sonepat, Digvijay Chautala, son of former MP Ajay Chautala, and Nirmal Singh Malri, party candidate from Sirsa are also class 12 pass. Congress’ Avtar Bhadana (Faridabad), who is four-time MP, is under matric.
On the flip side, BJP’s Hisar candidate Brijendra Singh, who has master’s degree in history from JNU, Delhi, also has a degree in master of science, public policy and management, from Kings College, London.
The BJP’s five candidates with LLB degrees are Rao Inderjit Singh (Gurugram), Ramesh Kaushik (Sonepat), Nayab Saini (Kurukshetra), Krishan Pal Gurjar (Faridabad) and Rattan Lal Kataria (Ambala). The BJP’s Rohtak candidate Arvind Sharma has master’s degree in dental surgery. The minimum educational qualification of BJP candidates is graduation.
Also, Congress’ three-time Rohtak MP, Deepender Singh Hooda, is BTech from MDU, Rohtak, and done MBA from Kelly School of Business, Indiana University.
Party’s Hisar nominee Bhavya Bishnoi, who is grandson of former chief minister Bhajan Lal and son of sitting Adampur MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi, is MSc, contemporary India, from St Antony College, University of Oxford.
Congress candidate Shruti Choudhry (Bhiwani-Mahendergarh), Kuldip Sharma (Karnal), Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Sonepat) and Capt Ajay Yadav (Gurugram) are all LLB.
Party’s Sirsa candidate Ashok Tanwar is PhD from JNU, Delhi, and Ambala candidate Kumari Selja is MPhil in English from Panjab University, Chandigarh.
The INLD’s splinter outfit JJP also has some highly educated candidates like its Bhiwani-Mahendergarh candidate Swati Yadav, who is bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Clemson University, and MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology, US.
Its candidate Mehmood Khan (Gurugram) is an alumnus of IIM, Ahmedabad ,and Pradeep Deswal (Rohtak) is LLM, from MDU, Rohtak.