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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Celebrities come forward to support Gurgaon constituency candidates

A statement issued by incumbent MP from Gurgaon and BJP’s candidate Rao Inderjit Singh said followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, Satpal Maharaj and Saini Samaj have decided to support him in the polls.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 11, 2019 00:30 IST
Abhishek Behl
Abhishek Behl
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An array of popular faces are campaigning for their chosen candidates.(Hindustan Times)

On the last day of campaigning, candidates contesting from the Gurgaon Lok Sabha constituency sought support from popular leaders, religious organisations and social groups as a last-ditch attempt to garner votes that could make a difference on May 12—the day of voting for Haryana in the sixth phase of the ongoing parliamentary elections.

A statement issued by incumbent MP from Gurgaon and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate Rao Inderjit Singh said followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, Satpal Maharaj and Saini Samaj, who enjoy significant following in the nine assembly segments that constitute Gurgaon seat, have decided to support him in the polls.

Singh’s opponent Congress candidate Capt (Retd) Ajay Singh Yadav said he has managed to elicit support from the dismissed Border Security Force(BSF) constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was slated to fight the election against PM Narendra Modi. His candidature was cancelled on legal grounds.

An array of popular faces continued to campaign for their chosen candidates, with the former international cricket star Kapil Dev coming forward to campaign for the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate Virender Rana, whom he described as a “hardworking person, one who had a clear vision of what is required for the development and growth of the constituency”.

Earlier, making an emotional pitch to voters in Rewari, BJP’s Rao Inderjit Singh said he has never allowed the dignity of the Ahirwal region and south Haryana to get hampered. “I have always fought for the rights of the people of this area and will continue to do so honestly,” he said, adding that this might also be his last election and asked the people to ensure that the BJP gets maximum number of votes if they wanted the region to grow and develop.

Congress’ Yadav also chose to campaign in Rewari on the last day of canvassing and held an impressive road show in the city.

Addressing a gathering, Yadav said that all of Rewari was like his family and it was because of the people that he had been chosen as an MLA six times. “Today, the people of Rewari are unhappy with the policies of the BJP government. Therefore, time has come to defeat it on May 12,” he said.

Tej Bahadur Yadav, the BSF constable who was dismissed in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the food served to troops, said he was supporting Yadav to protest against the policies and practices of the BJP government.

“I will continue my struggle against the BJP in the future,” he said.

Campaigning for INLD’s Rana, former cricketer Kapil Dev said, “Gurugram has always been under the radar of crime, pollution, lack of infrastructure, water shortage. I urge people to vote for him as a person with vision. Dynamism is required to solve issues such as pollution, waste management, water supply and to make Gurugram safer for women.”

Aam Admi Party-Jannayak Janata Party candidate Mehmood Khan also toured 40 villages in Firozpur Zirka, Punhana and Nuh, he had not covered earlier.

“I have told people that basic issues related to water, roads, education and electricity that have remained unsolved in Mewat for last seven decades would be taken up and resolved on priority when we are voted to power,” he said.

First Published: May 11, 2019 00:30 IST