As many as 17 candidates will contest the elections from Panchkula constituency, while, there are a total of 12 candidates in fray from the Kalka constituency. After the process of scrutiny and withdrawal, the list of candidates was finalised on Wednesday.
Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)’s Gian Chand Gupta, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)’s Kulbhushan Goyal, Congress’ D K Bansal, Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC)’s Ravinder Rawal are the main leaders contesting for the elections from Panchkula constituency.
Both Gupta and Bansal have contested the last Assembly elections, wherein Bansal emerged victorious with a margin of 12,230 votes beating his nearest rival Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)’s Yograj Singh, father of cricketer, Yuvraj Singh. Gupta, a former Chandigarh Mayor had trailed behind by 13,475 votes. However, this year, BJP is banking on the popularity of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, which is likely to play significant role in BJP’s performance.
Meanwhile, INLD’s Kulbhushan Goyal has recently jumped into politics, and will contest his first elections as a party candidate. A well-known local builder, Goyal has membership in a number of associations in Panchkula, and has been campaigning for around two months. HJC’s Rawal, on the other hand, has just joined HJC, after quitting Congress, which he has served for last 30 years, after he was sidelined during ticket selection. Banking on his local connect with people, which he has established when he was the President of the Municipal Council in 2013, Rawal’s strength lies in the urban voters.
Apart from the candidates from four main parties, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)’s Deepak Sharma, Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP)’s Shakti Singh, Communist Party of India (CPI-M)’s Randhir Singh Saini, CPI’s Mamchand Basia will also contest elections.
Meanwhile, there are nine independent candidates in fray for the Panchkula seat, including, Ashok Gupta, Jagdeep Sharma, Rakesh Gill, Vijay Singh, Hem Singh, Harender Singh, Ram Sarup, Sonia Gaur, and Vinod Bagai, a local builder.