Haryana’s Jind Assembly seat is all set for a high-voltage bypoll battle on January 28 with the newly formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) announcing its decision to field Lok Sabha MP Dushyant Chautala’s younger brother, Digvijay Chautala (27), as an Independent to take on senior Congress party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala.
The BJP has fielded Krishan Middha, who joined the party two months ago, for the election. Middha is the son of Hari Chand Middha, a two-time Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA from Jind whose death in August 2018 necessitated the bypoll. From the INLD, Jind Zila Parishad vice-chairman Umed Singh Redhu is contesting the election.
After a formal split in the INLD, Dushyant Chautala had last month announced formation of the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), but the outfit is yet to be registered by the Election Commission. In these circumstances, JJP has fielded Digvijay Chautala as an Independent. “After consulting all the members of the organisation, the JJP has decided to field Digvijay Singh Chautala for the Jind bypoll…This bypoll is not limited to Jind only. It will depict the whole (political) picture of the state,” Dushyant Chautala told reporters.
The Congress’s Haryana unit on Thursday displayed rare unity when Surjewala arrived to file his nomination papers. Former CM Bhajan Lal’s son and MLA, Kuldeep Bishnoi, drove a specially-designed vehicle with Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Tanwar and Congress Legislative Party leader Kiran Choudhry on board along with Surjewala. —With PTI inputs