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12-18 September 2014

Vol. 4 No. 4  Pages 24  ` 10

RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319, Postal Regn. No. GRG/35/2012-2014

Electing our Future

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

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Gurgaon’s future is in many ways predicated on the upcoming Assembly (State) Elections. The current (Congress) dispensation is only going to keep milking this city’s real estate and aiding builders in further consolidating their raj – though many of them are probably now beyond even State control. If the Congress returns, there is no reason to expect any change in Gurgaon’s administration – it will remain pathetic. The City has never mattered to them politically. Their plan seems to be to somehow get some other NCR areas (Jhajjar, Rohtak, Sonipat) to ‘replace’ Gurgaon.

asha PANDEY

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he announcement of 43 party candidates by the BJP has heated up the political air and upped the ante in Haryana, with just about a month to go before the Assembly polls. The list also belies the strong claims made by BJP that it would not give the mandate to relatives of senior party leaders and MPs, many of whom have recently switched sides from the Congress. The denial of the Party ticket to reportedly strong contenders in many seats is also likely to cause trouble for the saffron party, particularly in Gurgaon and Badshahpur. In Gurgaon, the BJP has decided to field Umesh Agarwal, who also contested the election the last time and was defeated by independent Sukhbir Kataria. Agarwal has managed to pip GL Sharma, close confidante of Gurgaon MP and MoS Defence Rao Inderjit Singh for the Party ticket – a move that has surprised many in the City. Sharma was reportedly said to be leading in a majority of the internal and external surveys carried out by BJP and independent agencies, and was confident of getting the mandate. In neighbouring Badshahpur, the Party has given the ticket to senior leader Narbir Singh, which seems a move to mollify him as he had been denied a ticket in the Parliamentary polls. HIs candidature, however, has led to the nixing of the claims of Mukesh Sharma, who had contested the polls the last time, and is said to have ‘invested’ heavily in promoting himself and the Party in this run up to the elections. Sharma is also said to be close to senior BJP leaders in the central leadership, including Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh. The distribution of tickets reportedly bears a strong stamp of the BJP State chief Rambilas Sharma, who managed to get the Party’s nod for many of his close aides. In comparison, the claims of a number of Rao Inderjit

supporters were denied – for example, in Badshahpur, where Gurgaon Mayor Vimal Yadav and Rao Abhay Singh were strong contenders for the ticket. However, the Gurgaon MP has managed to secure the ticket for his daughter Arti Rao, from Rewari – she will challenge senior Ahir leader Captain Ajay Yadav (Congress). While this has not been officially announced, her name was taken by the BJP leader JP Nadda during the press conference after the BJP Parliamentary Board Meeting. The Gurgaon MP has also managed to get tickets for some of his other supporters - like Banwari Lal for Bawal, Bimla Chaudhary for Pataudi and Om Prakash Yadav for Narnaul. A few more supporters might also find their names in upcoming the lists of Mewat district. However, the biggest setback to Rao supporters has been in Gurgaon and Badshahpur, two prestigious constituencies that voted in large numbers for Rao and the BJP during the Lok Sabha polls. Kamal Yadav, who has been a longtime Party activist and had staked a claim for the ticket, was denied the mandate despite initially getting a go ahead from a senior leader to open his offices and plaster his posters across Badshahpur. Some of the Party activists say that the ‘surveys’ conducted by the Party, to select candidates, seem to have been junked, and the tickets have been distributed on the whims and fancies of the Party high command. Although it would be premature to say whether there would be rebellion in the ranks of the BJP, but there are indications that all is not well in the rank and file. There is strong dissatisfaction in the Mukesh Sharma camp, and sources indicate that he might decide to fight the elections as an independent. Another candidate for the BJP ticket, Lakhpat Kataria, who also ‘invested’ considerably to promote his image and name among the people, and made considerable efforts for the Party in the Lok Sabha elections, is likely to stand Contd. on p 6 

A hung assembly, and it does seem quite possible now, would be as bad. AAP is out of the fray. Both the INLD (Chautala) and the BJP are hoping to win outright, but the caste arithmetic (and it will matter now) seems to not favour this outcome. The break up of the BJP with the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC- Bishnoi) may cost it dear. A cobbled post-election BJPINLD or BJP-HJC combo would not be able to bring the desired stability and change – more time and effort being probably spent on managing the internal issues or personal fortunes (Contd. on p 6)

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