Young and suave ruling BJP candidate Bhavya Bishnoi is looking to defend his ‘family stronghold’ for five decades as the main opposition Congress has gambled on veteran leader Jai Prakash in the Adampur bypoll in Haryana.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) sent “defectors” for the November 3 by-election at the Assembly headquarters in Hisar district. Candidates from all three parties were once in Congress, which believes voters will teach “traitors” a lesson this time around.
Congress is banking on former Union Minister Jai Prakash (67), a three-time former Hisar MP and a two-time former MP, to boost its fortunes in the competition.
While Bhavya Bishnoi (29) recently left Congress with his father Kuldeep Bishnoi to join the BJP, the INLD candidate is Congress rebel Kurda Ram Nambardar.
The AAP fielded Satender Singh, who crossed over from the BJP. Singh was also in Congress before joining the saffron side.
Bhavya Bishnoi had unsuccessfully challenged Hisar’s 2019 Lok Sabha polls as a Congress candidate.
The poll was necessitated after Kuldeep Bishnoi, the youngest son of late former chief minister Bhajan Lal, resigned his seat as an MP and switched sides in Congress to the BJP. Bishnoi had beaten Adampur’s BJP’s Sonali Phogat in the 2019 State Assembly polls.
Phogat (42), a former TikTok star, was found dead in Goa in August under mysterious circumstances. At the persistent request of his family, the Goa government recommended a CBI investigation, after which the federal agency took over the investigation of the case.
Phogat’s sister Rukesh had recently said that she would consider contesting the Adampur bypoll to fulfill her sister’s dreams.
However, she later decided not to enter the fray.
When asked, Rukesh Phogat said, “I held a meeting with Sonali supporters and supporters on Thursday night. I told them that I have not been well for a few days. They left the decision to me and I decided not to contest.” Except for the BJP, the other three major parties fielded candidates from the majority Jat community in Adampur, a predominantly rural constituency. The BJP’s ally, Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) , argues Bhavya Bishnoi.
Adampur has over 1.71 lakh voters, of which over 91,000 are male.
The ballot will take place on November 3 and the counting of votes will begin on November 6.
Adampur has been a stronghold of the family of Bhajan Lal, who was a great non-Jat chief in Haryana and had good inter-community relations. No one outside his family has ever won a seat. Bhajan Lal represented the seat in the Assembly nine times, while his son Kuldeep Bishnoi was elected as a constituency legislator four times.
As Hisar’s Congress candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Bhavya Bishnoi lost to bureaucrat-turned-politician Brijendra Singh, the son of veteran BJP leader Birender Singh.
Bhavya Bishnoi, who is currently enrolled in a master’s program in public administration at the John F Kennedy School of Harvard University, said that the whole country benefits from the policies of the Narendra Modi government at the Center and that the people of Haryana also benefits from the schemes of the Manohar Lal Khattar government.
Kuldeep Bishnoi said the achievements of the BJP-led governments in Central and Haryana are among the main issues they are seeking votes on.
AAP’s Satender Singh said that like in the Punjab Assembly polls held earlier this year, strongholds will also be broken this time in Adampur.
Nambardar, INLD candidate, raised farmers’ issues.
Congress, on the other hand, believes that Jai Prakash is his best bet to upset the BJP’s apple basket as the former Union Minister enjoys considerable influence in Hisar, but whether he will be able to Preventing a big split in Jat votes and consolidating the bulk of those in favor remains to be seen.
State Congress Leader Udai Bhan accused Kuldeep Bishnoi of betraying the big old party and said, “People of Adampur will teach traitors a lesson this time.” Bhan asserted that Adampur is a stronghold of Congress and will remain so.
Targeting Bhavya Bishnoi and his father Kuldeep Bishnoi, Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, “Those who are motivated by selfish gains cannot serve people. » PTI SUN VSD RC
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