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Ajay takes on Shruti,banks on family legacy for votes

Urchins of this dusty village look curiously towards the green Prado emerging from the bumpy road and screeching to halt,as it spots an elderly person standing on road.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Maqsoospur (nangal Choudhry) |
April 21, 2009 3:40:27 am

Urchins of this dusty village look curiously towards the green Prado emerging from the bumpy road and screeching to halt,as it spots an elderly person standing on road. Alighting from the vehicle is Ajay Singh Chautala,son of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala with hands folding and bending to touch feet of the elderly person. Then he straightaway heads to the venue where a number of villagers are gathered raising slogans.

He attacks his rival Shruti,daughter of Minister of State for Forest Kiran Choudhry,but not directly. “Another behanji (Kiran Choudhry) will come or would have come to you. She had been a minister from this area for the last four years but has done nothing for the welfare of the people. She had not got constructed even one road but claims this area to be her pocket borough. This time decide carefully,I had been at your service for the last 15 years irrespective of the fact whether I had the mandate or not,” he says.

Ajay minces no words while criticizing the Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government. “The law and order situation is at its lowest ebb. Criminals are moving scot free and there is no check. Unfortunately most of them have the protection of the leaders of the ruling party,” he alleges. Ajay,who finished third in the previous election,is critical of Kuldeep Bishnoi’s running away from the poll battlefield.

“I lost the opportunity to teach him the lesson of his life. He ran away seeing his defeat crystal clear,” Ajay said. He added that the areas which led to the victory of Bishnoi are no more part of Bhiwani,and he would have lost his deposit. He turns to the small crowd sitting around a chaupal. “Ek bhai sahib (Bishnoi) bhi ayae (One man also came),but only to disappear. He had no courage to come back to seek your vote after misutilising the mandate for his personal gains,” he tells them.

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Again turning to the Hooda Government,he accused it of corruption and blatant property dealing in the name of land acquisition. “This government is the worst the state could have. There is virtually no governance,and it is busy in property dealing in the name of land acquisition and Special Economic Zones which failed to come to the state as everything remained on paper,” he said.

Ajay had twice lost from this constituency. The first time was in 1998,at the hands of Surender Singh,son of former Chief Minister Bansi Lal. Bhiwani is the home constituency of Bansi Lal,and the family holds tremendous influence in the constituency. Ajay registered an emphatic victory over Dharambir,a Hooda protégé whom the chief minister had advocated profusely this time as well,but lost the battle to Kiran Choudhry in 1999. He then lost to Kuldeep in 2004.

Ajay boasts of his family to the crowds and never forgets to mention his grandfather Devi Lal,seeking votes in his name. “Our three generations have served the people of this area and will continue doing so in future also. We are farmers,for the farmers,” he says. The voters hear him out.

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