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NaMo bulldozes ruling Congress, fledgling AAP in Haryana

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The Narendra Modi wave has bulldozed the jatland of Haryana completely shattering it caste-oriented politics and allowing the BJP to snatch seven of the eight seats it contested in the state. Of the remaining three seats, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) won two and the Congress one.

The biggest losers are the Congress and the Kuldeep Bishnoi-led Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), the BJP’s alliance partner in the state. The Congress tally is down by eight seats — it had won nine of the ten seats in the outgoing Lok Sabha — while the HJC lost in both the seats it contested with party chief Kuldeep Bishnoi himself losing to political novice, the INLD’s Dushyant Chautala, at Hisar. In all probability, Dushyant — the grandson of jailed INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala — will be the youngest Lok Sabha member at the age of 26 years.

The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) dreams of capturing Haryana received a harsh reality check with the party drawing a blank; its second-most important leader Yogendra Yadav finished fourth at Gurgaon.

The results should bring cheer to the INLD as the party, despite having won in only two constituencies, performed well by finishing second in a number of seats. It also opens up the possibility of a INLD-BJP alliance ahead of the Assembly polls in four months time.

There were, however, alarm bells for the ruling Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government that will face the electorate again. The Congress won only at Rohtak, Hooda’s home constituency where his son, Deepender Hooda, was the party nominee.

What works in the favour of those attributing the BJP performance to the Modi factor is the fact that despite relying on four defectors and one rank outsider, the party managed to grab seven seats. Among its prominent winners were Rao Inderjit, who had shifted loyalties from the Congress on the eve of the Lok Sabha polls, at Gurgaon and former chief parliamentary secretary Dharambir, who joined the party only a day before announcement of his ticket, at Bhiwani-Mahendergarh.

“The people of the state have voted for Modiji. His magic has worked for us and it will be now our responsibility to carry it further in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections,” said Krishan Pal Gurjar who defeated senior Congress leader Avtar Singh Bhadana in Faridabad.

A jubilant state BJP chief Ram Bilas Sharma said that the people of the state have voted for Modi’s development model. He, however, made it a point to mention that the BJP-HJC alliance would get rid of the Hooda government in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.

Kuldeep Bishnoi resigns

Taking responsibility for his and his party’s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha eelctions, HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi resigned as the party president on Friday. “I have always worked for the welfare of the people with honesty. Neither did I bow to anybody nor came under anybody’s pressure. Still we could not get support of the people in Hisar and Sirsa. Hence, I resign from the post of the president of the party with a heavy continued…

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