Hooda manages to retain supremacy in Rohtak, but loses in Sonepat
The call given by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Rohtak and Sonepat Lok Sabha constituencies to retain area's supremacy against his rivals Indian National Lok Dal and BJP was honoured by electorate in Rohtak from where his son Deepender Singh Hooda won for the third consecutive time by a margin of over 1.7 lakh votes.punjab Updated: May 16, 2014 23:04 IST
The call given by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Rohtak and Sonepat Lok Sabha constituencies to retain area's supremacy against his rivals Indian National Lok Dal and BJP was honoured by electorate in Rohtak from where his son Deepender Singh Hooda won for the third consecutive time by a margin of over 1.7 lakh votes.
However, another Jat dominated seat - Sonepat - could not be saved after BJP candidate Ramesh Kaushik won from here against Jagbir Malik of the Congress by a margin of over 75,000 votes.
Hooda had spent most of his time in Sonepat and Rohtak by doing road shows and using personal influence to sway voters in the name of preserving area's supremacy.
In Rohtak, BJP nominee Om Prakash Dhankar, president of party Kisan Morcha, finished second after securing 3.18 lakh votes, while INLD's Shamsher Kharkara polled 1.51 lakh votes and Aam Aadmi Party candidate Naveen Jaihind finished fourth.
Barring Kosli and Bahadurgarh segments from where Dhankhar took lead, Deepender managed to keep his supremacy in rest of the seven segments namely Rohtak, Meham, Badli, Jhajjar, Kiloi and Kalanaur.
In Sonepat, BJP candidate Ramesh Kaushik polled 3.24 lakh votes, while Congress' Jagbir Malik polled 2.41 lakh votes and INLD's Padam Singh Dahiya polled 2.37 lakh votes in LS poll.
Poll experts said despite having a tag of a turncoat on Ramesh Kaushik, he could register victory by trouncing heavyweight candidates of the Congress and INLD just owing to Modi wave prevalent countrywide.
Modi had addressed a rally at Gohana for Kaushik. Interestingly, Jat voters, which form a sizeable percentage in Sonepat had expressed their resentment over nomination of a Brahmin candidate from the seat but scenario changed after Modi organised a rally for him.
Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also quite hopeful of retaining the Sonepat seat after fielding a Jat candidate and incumbent Gohana MLA who hails from prominent Malik gotra having clout in the area, but anti-incumbency factor coupled with the Modi wave spoiled the prospects for the Congress. Asha Hooda, wife of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, also hails from Matindu village of Sonepat district.
Unfazed over the Congress debacle in the state, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda after watching state poll results on television at a private palace with party MLAs and supporters near D-park here, said he was not worried over the saffron party's spectacular show as the Congress turned the tables in 2004 after losing all seats in 1999. He said he appeals to his supporters and party activists to pull up their socks from today onwards to prepare for crucial assembly polls due in state by October this year.
Barring two all lose security deposit in Rohtak
Barring the Congress and BJP candidates, Deepender Hooda and Om Prakash Dhankhar, all other candidates, including INLD's Shamsher Kharkhra and AAP candidate Naveen Jaihind lost their security deposit. Of the total 10.43 lakh votes polled, Kharkhara got 1.51 lakh and AAP candidate Jaihind polled 46,759 votes. Rohtak electoral officer Amit Agrawal said that if a candidate secures less than 1/6 of the total votes polled then he loses his security deposit.