Varinder Bhatia

Articles By Varinder Bhatia

‘History-sheeter’ held from Rohtak poll booth had shared stage with Khattar

Lohar’s association with Grover and BJP sparked a controversy, eventually leading to former’s arrest by Rohtak police on May 12, when both were spotted by Congress’ former MLA BB Batra inside a polling booth in Rohtak.

Explained: As Haryana votes on May 12, the vexed issue of Jat reservation

As Haryana votes on Sunday for its 10 Lok Sabha seats, the shadow of the 2016 protests looms over a divided electorate, especially in the Jat heartland of Jhajjar and Rohtak.

Sam Pitroda’s hua toh hua remark on 1984 riots shows Congress mentality, says PM Modi

Addressing a rally at Rohtak in Haryana on the last day of campaigning for Phase 6, Modi, referring to the Congress, said “such people need to be taught a lesson on May 12” when 59 Lok Sabha seats go to polls across seven states including Haryana and Delhi.

One eye on LS, other on state, Hoodas hold show of strength

Hooda Senior used the occasion to slam the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of “cheating people with false promises”. Deepender made an emotional appeal, seeking votes in the name of “constructive politics”, and not “divisive politics”.

For home run, parties work to retain assembly segments they hold, eye others’

In Hisar and Rohtak, BJP represents four assembly constituencies, each. Congress had performed better than BJP in Rohtak and Sonipat where Congress has five out of nine in each of the two Jat-dominated areas.

Haryana: At epicentre of Jat quota stir, divide resurfaces over choice of candidates

In the months after the violence, the state government has compensated and given jobs to families of the victims, irrespective of the caste to which they belonged. But in rural areas and urban centres, the divide is visible.

Pagal kutta, bandar: PM Modi lists abuses from Congress’s ‘dictionary of love’

Addressing a rally at Kurukshetra in Haryana, the Prime Minister said he was a “victim of one-sided oppression”, and since Haryana is his “second home”, he chose Kurukshetra to tell the country about Congress’s “real definition of love”.

In the fray: 2 BJP, 2 AAP candidates for Haryana Lok Sabha polls

Among also-rans in Haryana who aspire to ‘change the rotting system’: 18 daily wage labourers, 27 advocates, 28 social workers, 36 farmers, homemakers with no income, and one chowkidar.

Hisar: It’s family versus family versus family

The scions of these families are fighting the Lok Sabha elections from here to establish their credentials amid the intertwined histories and old vendettas of the clans.

Rohtak & Sonipat: Two seats and a high-stakes battle for Hoodas

With Khattar accuses Hooda of being an outsider, Hooda responds by saying that he is the “son-in-law” of Sonipat (his wife is from the constituency) and that the bachelor Khattar cannot appreciate such important social ties in Hindu society.

Haryana: In land of Lals, CM Khattar, BJP hope to ride Modi appeal to breast the tape

Prior to 2014, the BJP had never won more than nine seats in the 90-member Assembly. But six months after its impressive showing in the parliamentary polls, the BJP won 47 seats out of 90 in the Haryana Assembly.

Echoes of Jat quota violence in poll-bound Sonipat

A non-Jat candidate won in 1996 — Arvind Kumar, Independent — and in 2014 - BJP’s Kaushik. Kaushik had defeated Congress’ Jagbir Singh Malik. Congress, however, has replaced Malik with Hooda.

Three years later, echos of Jat quota violence as Sonipat decks for high-stakes fight

Nearly 50 per cent voters in this constituency are from Jat community. Of the 11 Lok Sabha contests that Sonipat has witnessed so far, Jat candidates won nine times. A non-Jat candidate won in 1996 — Arvind Kumar, Independent — and in 2014 - BJP’s Kaushik.

Bhavya Bishnoi: ‘India has enough cricketers, there’s lack of good leaders’

He is the Congress’s nominee from Hisar Lok Sabha seat, that was his family’s bastion until 2014, when Dushyant Chautala, great-grandson of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal, defeated his father.

Faridabad: Hours before nominee to file papers, Congress wakes up to ED ‘taint’

While Lalit Nagar’s name had been declared nine days ago, he was yet to get a party authorisation letter. Nagar called the denial of ticket a “conspiracy” against him and the Congress. “

Chautala Family — a perfect example of dynasty politics

Devi Lal had four sons - Om Prakash, Ranjit Singh, Pratap Singh, and Jagdish Singh - and a daughter Shanti Devi. Pratap and Jagdish are no more, while Shanti Devi lives in a village in Ellanabad.

The clan conundrum: An ugly, and public, feud within the family has left INLD floundering

The biggest strength, and the weakness, of the INLD is the family that runs it. An ugly, and public, feud within the family leading to a vertical split has left the party floundering

Law officer’s note on police probe: No proof to show Prof Virender incited violence during quota stir

Till date, Haryana Police has not filed a chargesheet in the sedition case against Prof Virender, who, the police claimed, had instigated rioters leading to violence across Haryana in February, 2016.

Haryana govt presses to re-designate Khattar’s yoga ‘coach’ as ‘officer’

Talking to The Indian Express, Jitender Sagar admitted that it was on his “request” that the Chief Minister and senior officers pursued his case, but Ashok Khemka, the then Principal Secretary (Sports), stonewalled it.

Haryana: Despite at least three major crises, why BJP and Khattar are sitting pretty

Since then, the tables have turned in Khattar’s favour. The confidence levels of BJP workers and leaders are at an all-time high after both the INLD and Congress were routed in the mayoral polls and the BJP scored a thumping victory in the Jind bypoll.