|Sunday, January 30, 2000,
releases first list
NEW DELHI, Jan 29 The INLD today released its first list of 48 candidates for the coming Haryana Assembly elections amid indications that it was all set to conclude an understanding with the BJP on seat sharing in the state.
The BJP also arrived at a seat-sharing arrangement with the Biju Janata Dal in Orissa and like in Haryana, conceded a majority of 84 seats to its regional partner and agreed to contest on the remaining 63.
Union Minister for Information Technology Pramod Mahajan, who negotiated on behalf of the BJP with the INLD, told mediapersons after a Cabinet meeting here this morning that the INLD would contest two-third of the seats and the BJP one-third.
Party sources said it had almost been agreed that the INLD would contest 61 seats and the BJP 29.
The BJP spokesman, Mr M.Venkaiah Naidu, said the agreement with the INLD was nearing finalisation. On the INLD jumping the gun to release its first list, Mr Naidu said the BJP too would release its list at the appropriate time.
The BJP deputed Mr Mahajan to negotiate with the INLD chief, Mr Chautala, after the Haryana Chief Minister failed to reach an agreement with the BJP General Secretary, Mr Narendra Modi. While Mr Modi claimed that the INLD had given its word to the BJP to allow it to contest 35 seats before the Assembly was dissolved, Mr Chautala maintained his party was not prepared to give more than 20 to 21 seats to the BJP.
The BJP efforts to rope in Dr Murli Manohar Joshi also failed to yield dividends and it was finally decided that Mr Mahajan should talk to the Haryana partner. The agreement was apparently reached at a meeting between the BJP leader and Mr Chautala at the Haryana Bhavan here last night.
The BJP crossed another major hurdle in Orissa when it dropped its demand for 50 per cent of the 147 Assembly seats and agreed for sharing seats on the basis of the 1999 Lok Sabha elections.
Under the agreement, the BJD would contest all the Assembly seats in the 12 Lok Sabha constituencies it contested. Similarly, the BJP would contest the Assembly seats, under the Lok Sabha constituencies it contested. With each Lok Sabha having seven Assembly seats, the BJD would contest 84 seats and the BJP 63.
On the issue of projecting the next Chief Minister, Mr Naidu said they would cross the hurdle when they come to it.
In the first list released by the INLD for the Haryana Assembly elections today, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala will contest, as in the previous elections, from Narwana and Rori.
A majority of 30 candidates have been renominated from their respective Assembly seats. The Dabwali (Reserved) seat has been given to Dr Sita Ram in place of his father Mr Mani Ram who contested the previous elections.
In Bahadurgarh, the INLD has given the ticket to its former candidate, Mr Nafe Singhs wife, Mrs Shiela Devi.
Two candidates from the Haryana Vikas Party, who recently joined the INLD have also been accommodated in the first list. Mr Kartar Singh Bhadana would contest from Samalkha while Mr Jasbir Singh Mallor would contest from Naggal.
Following is the list of candidates:
Dabwali (SC) Dr
Sita Ram, Ellenabad (SC) Mr Bhagi Ram, Rori
Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Darba Kalan Mrs Vidya
Beniwal, Bhattu Kalan Mr Sampat Singh, Ratia (SC)
Mr Jarnail Singh, Tohana Mr Nishan Singh
Kamboj, Ghirai Mr Puran Singh Dabra, Dadri
Mrs Shakuntala Sangwan, Tosham Mr Sunil Lamba,
Ateli Mrs Santosh Yadav, Bawal (SC) Mr
M.L.Ranga, Jatusana Mr Jagdish Yadav, Ferozepur
Zhirka Mohd Illyas, Nuh Hamid Hussain,
Pataudi (SC) Mr Rambir Singh, Hathin Mr
Bhagwan Sahay Rawat, Rai Mr Suraj Mal, Rohat
Mr Padam Singh Dahiya, Kailana Mr Ved Singh
Malik, Baroda (SC) Mr Ramesh Khatak, Hasangarh
Mr Balwant Singh Mayna, Meham Mr Balbir
Singh Bali, Bahadurgarh Mrs Shiela Devi, Badli
Mr Dhir Pal Singh, Beri Dr Virender Pal,
Narwana Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Rajaund Mr
Ram Kumar Katwal, Julana Mr Suraj Bhan Kajal,
Kaithal Mr Lila Ram Gujjar, Kalayat (SC) Mr
Dina Ram Balmiki, Pai Mr Ram Pal Majra, Pehowa
Mr Jaswinder Singh, Thanesar Mr Ashok Kumar
Arora, Mulana (SC) Mr Risal Singh, Sadhaura (SC)
Mr Balwant Singh, Radaur (SC) Mr Banta Ram
Balmiki, Nilokheri Dharam Pal, Indri Mr Bal
Kishan Kamboj, Jundla (SC) Mr Nafe Singh Balmiki,
Gharaunda Mr Ramesh Rana, Asandh (Sc) Mr
Kishan Panwar, Neoltha Mr Satbir Singh Kadyan,
Samalkha Mr Kartar Singh Bhadana, Loharu Mr
Bahadur Singh (Retd. HCS), Hasanpur (Hodal) (SC)
Mr Jagdish Nayyar, Guhla (SC) Mr Armar Singh and
Naggal Mr Jasbir Singh Mallor.
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