Though they are going to the polls together in Haryana,Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala is far from happy with the BJP. The reason,the BJP’s choice of candidates.
The INLD and the BJP have evenly divided between themselves the 10 constituencies in the state. Chautala wanted the Sonepat constituency from the BJP in exchange for Rohtak. He had met senior BJP leader L K Advani and party president Rajnath Singh to make the demand,but both refused to oblige him. The BJP leaders were unwilling to part with Sonepat,citing the fact that party candidate Kishan Singh Sangwan had won it last time.
Chautala’s game was simple. He wanted Sonepat to push Sangwan out of the poll arena to settle old scores with him. Sangwan had been first elected from Sonepat as Chautala’s candidate. When Chautala parted ways with the BJP,Sangwan switched sides and jumped onto the saffron bandwagon. The party rewarded him with a ticket and he became the sole non-Congress winner from Haryana in 2004.
Foreseeing that Chautala would try every trick to block his candidature,Sangwan had gone out of his way to prevent a tie-up between him and the BJP. When Chautala moved closer to the BJP,Sangwan reportedly explored his prospects in the Congress,but finally stayed back with the BJP.
Sangwan,armed with a re-nomination by the BJP,is currently canvassing in the area,but local functionaries of the INLD are missing from his campaign.