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Posted at: Oct 20, 2019, 7:08 AM; last updated: Oct 20, 2019, 5:03 PM (IST)

It’s advantage BJP in Haryana

Vigilance along Delhi border stepped up; 75,000 security men on the job

Going Centre’s way

  • Since Haryana was carved out in 1966, the state voters have never given a government against national mood
  • 1987 was an exception when Haryana set the tone for national sentiment as after Devi Lal’s victory, stage was set for Rajiv Gandhi’s exit
  • A govt led by VP Singh came to power at Centre in 1989

Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 19

It is advantage BJP in the Haryana Assembly elections with at least 20 of its candidates enjoying clear edge over their rivals and others locked in contest with either the Congress or the JJP, or both, as campaigning for the October 21 polls ended today.

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An underlying sentiment that the BJP would retain power is working to the advantage of the ruling party in seats where opponents are putting up a fight. Among the seats where the BJP candidates have a distinct edge are Karnal where CM Manohar Lal Khattar is in fray; Ambala Cantonment, minister Anil Vij is contesting; Hisar, sitting MLA Kamal Gupta is the nominee and Hansi, where the party has fielded former Congressman Vinod Bhayana. The scenario appears to be the same in Yamunanagar and Bhiwani, where sitting MLAs Ghanshyam Dass Arora and Ghanshyam Saraf are seeking re-election, and Panipat Urban where the BJP has fielded former MLA Fateh Chand Vij’s son Pramod Vij.
Besides, the BJP seems to be in a comfortable situation in some seats in Jind, Gurugram and Faridabad, as also in the Ahirwal belt of Rewari and Mahendragarh. In contrast, there are hardly four to five seats where the Congress or the JJP appear to be having a distinct edge, though the former is giving fight in over 50 seats and the latter in over 20 segments.

Of the nine Assembly seats under Sirsa LS segment, the BJP seems to be in the main contest on all but Rania while the INLD, which used to win a majority of seats here, is in contest at Ellenabad alone whereas its offshoot JJP could be a force to watch out for in Tohana, Narwana and Fatehabad. The BJP is in main contest in all nine seats under Hisar LS constituency, while the Congress doesn’t seem to have much presence in Uchana Kalan and Narnaund.

In Bhiwani (Mahendragarh LS segment), the BJP is in contest with the Congress on some seats like Tosham and Mahendragarh while the JJP has made the contest triangular in most other segments. The contest appears to be triangular in seats under Rohtak, Sonepat and Kurukshetra LS areas. 

In Ambala Assembly seats, the contest is largely between the BJP and the Congress — or the BSP in one seat — while in Karnal, the JJP has also emerged as a force. In Faridabad and Gurugram LS areas, the contest is again largely between the BJP and the Congress while the JJP is making the fight triangular in some places.

In Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s bastion of Rohtak, Sonepat and Jhajjar, there is a discernible sentiment for a Jat CM (read Hooda). But, the ghost of Jat quota violence, that cast its shadow in the LS polls with polarisation of votes on caste lines, can be felt again this time. The emergence of Dushyant Chautala as the third force here is working to the disadvantage of the Congress as his JJP is likely to eat into Jat vote share. Even in the Hooda’s bastion, there is an underlying sentiment among non-Jats that the BJP was “likely to retain power”. Vigilance along the Delhi border has been stepped up and 75,000 security men have been mobilised.

Male voters 97,74,543
Female voters 85,07,775
Third gender 252
Total voters 1.82 crore


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