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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Riding on family legacy, Congress’ Bhavya spices up contest

Political experts say the entry of Bhavya has made the contest interesting as he most-likely will attract non-Jat voters since both his rivals are Jats.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 23, 2019 10:50 IST
Bhaskar Mukherjee
Bhaskar Mukherjee
Hindustan Times, Hisar
(PTI)
         

With the launch of former chief minister Bhajan Lal’s grandson 26-year-old Bhavya Bishnoi from Hisar Lok Sabha seat, the Congress party has made the contest triangular. He will take on BJP’s Brijendra Singh, a former IAS officer and son of Union steel minister Birender Singh and MLA mother from Uchana Prem Lata; and Jannayak Janta Party’s (JJP’s) Dushyant Chautala, who is also the sitting MP.

Political experts say the entry of Bhavya has made the contest interesting as he most-likely will attract non-Jat voters since both his rivals are Jats.

Bhavya, who studied MSc in ‘Contemporary India studies’ from St Antony’s College, Oxford University, filed his nomination papers on Monday in the presence of his grandmother Jasma Devi, and MLA parents Kuldeep Bishnoi and Renuka Bishnoi, besides HPCC chief Ashok Tanwar. Bhavya’s father Kuldeep and grandfather Bhajan Lal had represented Hisar in the Lok Sabha.

HPCC chief Ashok Tanwar said, “The Congress party has fielded its best players in the political field and all the 10 candidates will win by handsome margin.”

“I always wanted to become an international cricketer and even played under-15 category matches for Delhi. There was no pressure on me to join politics. I personally decided to become a politician and my main focus will be making Hisar the capital of Haryana,” Bhavya told HT.

He said being a cricketer by heart, if he is voted to power, he will work for the sports fraternity of Hisar so that they get better opportunities to prove themselves. “I talk less, work more and will fulfil my poll promises. We are very much sure that I will win by a margin of more than one-lakh votes. Creating new jobs will be my focus,” Bhavya said.

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Name: Bhavya Bishnoi, 26, Congress
Constituency: Hisar
Educational qualification: MSc in ‘Contemporary India studies’ from St Antony’s College, Oxford University
Political debut: First-timer
Electoral record: Nil
Claim to fame: Grandson of former chief minister Bhajan Lal and MLA couple Kuldeep Bishnoi and Renuka

First Published: Apr 23, 2019 10:14 IST

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