With the Congress Hand missing from the scene,the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) is caught in a fierce battle with the Independents in the Haryana municipal elections. The INLD known for its rural mass base is aiming to expand its base in the urban areas this polls,whereas the BJP,which is considered to be a party with a predominantly urban base,is crippled with its alliance partner,the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) deciding not to contest but letting its men join the fray. With only a day left,the campaigning for the seven corporations have entered a frenzied phase. And if the run -up to the June 2 polls is any indicator,it looks like a contest between the INLD and the BJP .
State INLD chief Ashok Arora admits that the party aims to gain a solid foothold in urban areas. We are often dismissed as a rural party but these elections will prove that we are equally powerful in urban areas too, he told The Indian Express.
Asked who was their real opponent in MC elections,Arora ridiculed the ruling Congress for leaving the battlefield. They have run away and BJP has lost steam. HJC too has shown its back taking another route to contest the elections. Hence,our contest is mostly against the Independents, Arora said.
Meanwhile,the Congress house is in a complete chaos. Marred by infighting,it is more a fight to prove their local worth than making any concrete effort for the party well being. The corporations of Ambala and Yamunanagar have turned into an arena to settle scores between supporters of Union Minister Kumari Selja and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
In Panipat,former state Congress chief Balbir Pal Shahs supporters are finding it tough to neutralise the local leaders who have joined the fray in absence of any directive from the party. The Hisar corporation is witnessing an internal competition between the Jindals (Hisar MLA Savitri Jindal and Kurukshetra MP Naveen Jindal) and the faction led by former Union Minister Jai Prakash and former minister Sampat Singh.
To add to the worries of the Congress,INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautalas grandsons Dushyant,Digvijaya and Karan Chautala are camping in Hisar,Panipat and Yamunanagar respectively. Besides looking after the overall state scenario,Chautalas son,Abhay,is personally taking care of the Panchkula municipal corporation where the INLD had a strong presence in the past.
Meanwhile,a cornered BJP has left aside several areas where the HJC has a strong presence especially in the corporations of Hisar and Karnal. State BJP chief Ram Bilas Sharma said there is no confusion on seats and
we have left a few for the HJC and hope that we will be able to win majority of the corporations.