Sukhbir Siwach

Articles By Sukhbir Siwach

Haryana elections: Almost half the new MLAs first-timers, some trounced big names to enter House

While Dushyant has already become the Deputy Chief Minister after JJP entered into an alliance with BJP, several other first-timers mainly Independent candidates backing BJP are also eying ministerial berths.

‘Farm fires in Punjab seven times more than in Haryana’

State government officials said that the “active fire locations” are mainly indicative of stubble burning adding that Punjab is still facing severe problem of stubble burning, while Haryana only has isolated cases.

Haryana: Modi factor, caste equations dominate last minute village huddles before voting

Near the polling booths, it was more about complaints of slow-functioning EVMs and political workers in their party tents waiting for the day to unfold amid rounds of tea and snacks.

Debate before the big decision: Will we ever get respite from water shortage, farming woes?

With just hours to go for Haryana Assembly polls, voters in this part of Haryana are not discussing national issues, but their local problems.

Campaign trail in Tohana: Haryana BJP chief burns the midnight oil, literally

The villagers however say Barala is facing stiff competition from JJP’s candidate Devender Babli. Babli had contested the 2014 election as an Independent and secured an impressive vote count.

Haryana Assembly polls: For 70 yrs, our farmers’ water kept flowing to Pak, I will stop this, says Modi

Water scarcity is an issue that has a lot of traction among voters here. Last year in Rohtak, Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari had stated that Centre would stop water of three rivers — Ravi, Beas and Sutlej — from flowing to Pakistan.

Haryana Assembly polls: In constituency of ‘faceless’ women, Kiran Choudhry is offered pagri

The two-term MLA, who is banking on personal connect to secure a third term in October 21 Harayana Assembly polls, seeks an introduction as she meets a group of women at a house in the village.

Kiran Choudhry: ‘Women should get their due, Congress will make policies for them’

I feel the BJP has done a disservice to the nation and Haryana, says Kiran Choudhry.

Haryana elections: For 70 years our farmers’ water flowed into Pakistan, will stop it, says PM Modi

At Dadri town in southern Haryana, the PM said he had initiated work to stop the flow of India’s share of water to Pakistan.

In family bastion, Kuldeep Bishnoi counts on ‘personal bond’ with voters

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.

People here want work, not TikTok: Kuldeep Bishnoi

"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.

Kurukshetra: His unique protests made him farmers’ voice, now they want him in Assembly

Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Gurnam Chaduni, through innovative protests over the years, made sure that the issue of the farmers reached the powers that be.

‘JJP has associated with sentiments of people in short span of time,’ says Chautala

"After its formation on December 9, 2018, this party will now contest 90 seats, while the 21-year-old party (INLD) could field candidates for only 83 seats," said Dushyant.

What works for Dushyant: his surname, old INLD supporters, connect with locals

Dushyant’s poll campaign is mainly focused on the issue of unemployment even as the BJP has kept it centered around scrapping of the special status of Jammu & Kashmir.

JJP has associated itself with sentiments of people in short time: Dushyant Chautala

"Unemployment, law and order, crisis in the farming sector and the economy of the state are the main issues in this election. In private as well government jobs in the state, there should be 75 per cent reservation for youths of Haryana," says Dushyant Chautala.

Haryana elections: BJP’s farm policies rile some, but its pitch on nationalism has takers

Farmers in the village also point out that caste will play a role in the voting, particularly due to the caste violence in 2016 during the Jat quota stir.

The other Chautalas: After bitter split, JJP eyes INLD votes in Haryana

After a bitter split in the Chautala family, then MP Dushyant Chautala had formed the JJP in 2018, followed by a formal split in the INLD led by former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala.

Haryana elections: BJP goes all out to swing Jat votes in its favour

After consolidating its non-Jat base, the BJP is now gunning to capture Jat-dominated seats — with a targeted approach to at least 23 Assembly constituencies.

Haryana elections: Actor to wrestler, women candidates in poll limelight

The BJP has fielded 12, the Congress nine and Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) of Dushyant Chautala seven. The polls for the 90-member Assembly will be held on October 21.

TikTok Ticket: With her 6.5 lakh likes, BJP targets Bhajan Lal bastion

Sonali Phogat lives in Hisar and has worked in a few TV serials in a 20-year acting career. But she admits it’s taken a back seat after she joined the BJP.