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Haryana election: BJP MPs seek tickets for kin

Haryana election: BJP MPs seek tickets for kin

Gurugram: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to release its list of candidates on September 29, the first day of Navratra, party source said here on Thursday.

At a time when there are predictions that the party will give its best shot in the Haryana assembly elections till date, various top leaders including sitting MPs are now seeking tickets for their kin. The negotiations are going on even though the saffron party already had set a strict guideline that no ticket will be given to a member that promotes dynastic politics.

Sources said party's sitting MP from Gurugram, Rao Inderjit Singh has taken a tough stance, demanding a ticket for his daughter Aarti Rao. Sources further indicated that Inderjit has made it known to the party high command that if necessary he was also willing to compromise certain posts which were given to him by the party. The importance of Rao Inderjit can be gauged from the fact that his recent win in the Lok Sabha polls was his fifth win as an MP. Moreover, he has won as an MLA from Rewari area. Singh is a son of Rao Birender Singh, who was the former Chief Minister of Haryana and also an MP from Gurgaon at a time when it used to come under the Lok Sabha seat of Mahendargarh.

After the creation of the Haryana state in 1966, Mahendargarh Lok Sabha seat first voted for Rao Birendra Singh, father of present MP Rao Inderjit Singh in 1971. He won the Lok Sabha seat couple of times and eventually retired when he was defeated in the 1996 general elections. Sources also indicated that Kishan Pal Gurja is also demanding a ticket for his son.

The significance of 62-year-old Gurjar in BJP dates back much longer than the two Lok Sabha elections he has fought and won convincingly for BJP in Faridabad. In 1990, Gurjar took a major risk when he shifted from Indian National Lok Dal which at that time was at its peak in Haryana to BJP, a party which virtually had no presence in the region. In 2009, when BJP was in the midst of one of its toughest phases in Haryana politics Gurjar was made the Haryana BJP president. In 2014 he fought his first Lok Sabha elections and won convincingly. A feat that he carried on with a much greater margin in 2019 elections.

Piyush Ohrie

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