In 2014, as a Brahmin CM in a Maratha-dominated political landscape, Fadnavis had a tall order — the Maratha quota agitation was threatening to blow up, and ally Sena and Opposition NCP-Cong were snapping at his heels. Five years and some deft politicking later, as Maharashtra heads to polls, the 47-year-old looms large
“My statement was general. It was for anyone who will dare to do so (threaten Congress workers), be it Akalis or anyone else. I did not name anyone. I said this because my workers are my family,” said the MLA.
Former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal's son and Congress candidate Kuldeep Bishnoi is seeking election from Adampur for the fourth time and is up against TV actor Sonali Phogat, the BJP candidate who has 1.75 lakh followers on a popular app, TikTok.
"Congress will form government in Haryana getting full majority as the people are upset with Khattar government. The public did not get anything else except announcements during five years," says Kuldeep Bishnoi.
On Saturday, a group led by two Congress workers — Gursewak Singh alias Gora Baddowal and Tarandeep Singh — had clashed with another group led by Zila Parishad member Kuldeep Singh and Baddowal village’s former sarpanch Amarjot Singh.
Regarding Muslim dominated constituencies, BJP has fielded INLD turncoats Zakir Husain in Nuh, Naseem Ahmed in Firozpur Jhirka. Both are seeking re-election. In Punhana, BJP has fielded debutant Nouksham Chaudhary.
There’s unease between the SAD and BJP in Haryana after Akali Dal accused BJP of backtracking on its commitment to contest Haryana Assembly polls together. Later, it announced an alliance with INLD on three seats.
When asked about his remarks a day earlier in which he cited box office collections of films to brush aside fears of an economic slowdown, Prasad said he has withdrawn his statements and criticised the media for twisting it out of context.