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BJP looks to retain Gurugram, win Faridabad

BJP eyes urban-dominated regions of Gurugram and Faridabad in poll-bound Haryana as it campaigns for development, including two new peripheral expressways, 24-hour electricity and promise to bring more investment into Haryana, to name a few.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Oct 19, 2019, 11.44 AM IST
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Gurugram| Faridabad: Repeating its 2014 Gurugram performance in Faridabad, quelling dissent after two state ministers were denied tickets, hard-selling projects like the two new expressways, a Modi blitzkrieg in both areas and getting the urban voter out on polling day (Monday) -- the BJP is aiming to achieve all these in the urban-dominated region of Gurugram and Faridabad in poll-bound Haryana.

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BJP won all the six seats in Gurugram in 2014 but had to share the spoils in Faridabad’s nine seats where it could win only three seats. Congress won three, INLD won two and one seat went to BSP. Four months ago, BJP won Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency by a massive 6.38 lakh votes and Gurugram Lok Sabha seat by an impressive 3.86 lakh votes.

The win margin in Faridabad was only lesser than the one in Karnal among the 10 Lok Sabha seats. Both the winning MPs -- Krishna Pal Gujjar from Faridabad and Rao Inderjit Singh from Gurugram, are ministers in the central government. The task for the MPs and the BJP is cut out now -- Gurugram has to be retained and Faridabad has to be won.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in the adjoining Gurugram and Faridabad regions, which explains the importance BJP attaches to this region. Modi’s rally in Faridabad on October 14 was followed by one in Rewari on Saturday to cover the Gurugram belt. BJP’s campaign here has revolved around issues of development, such as the two new peripheral expressways that go around Delhi through Faridabad and Gurgaon, 24-hour electricity and promise to bring more investment into Faridabad and Gurugram among others.

But Congress and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) have made unemployment a major issue. JJP, CONGRESS CHALLENGE JJP is posing a challenge on at least three seats in Faridabad -- Faridabad NIT, Hathin and Hodal, and two in Gurugram, Kosli and Badshahpur -- with its candidates laying claim to the votebase of INLD which had won Hathin and Faridabad NIT seat in 2014.

The Congress, meanwhile, appears to be in trouble in most seats in both Faridabad and Gurugram. At least two local Congress leaders claimed confidence about Badshahpur seat citing a ticket given to Kamalbir Singh, brother of the BJP MLA from the seat and minister Rao Narvir Singh who was denied aticket by BJP.

However, locals said the fight may well be between the BJP and JJP’s candidate on this one. BJP is also posing a stiff challenge to Congress here with MP Krishan Pal Gujjar focusing on Palwal andTigaon seats in Faridabad region which the Congress won narrowly in 2014.

URBAN TURNOUT
At least two dozen young voters that ET spoke to in Cyber City in Gurugram on Thursday evening were all unaware of the name of the main candidates on their seat and were uncertain whether they will go out and vote. About 44% of the population in Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency is urban while it is 54% in Faridabad, the highest in the state. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, both seats saw the lowest voter turnout in thestate at below 70%.

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