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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.