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Regional satraps likely to divide non-BJP votes in Haryana

The regional satraps are likely to play a crucial role in the parliamentary seats of Hisar, Sirsa and Faridabad where they have fielded their prominent candidates.

, ET Bureau|
May 09, 2019, 07.58 AM IST
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Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana
CHANDIGARH: A split in INLD and the alliance between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) in Haryana are likely to result in a division of non-BJP votes in the state and hurt the Congress where it is in close fight with the BJP in these Lok Sabha polls.

The regional satraps are likely to play a crucial role in the parliamentary seats of Hisar, Sirsa and Faridabad where they have fielded their prominent candidates.

Congress leaders have termed Om Prakash Chautala’s INLD a B team of the BJP. The INLD has conceded a lot of ground after its MP Dushyant Chautala formed his own party, JJP. The split is set to erode the INLD’s traditional Jat vote bank.

Under the seat-sharing arrangement with the AAP, the JJP is contesting in seven seats and has fielded its prominent candidates from Rohtak, Hisar and Sonipat. These three-seats had eluded the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Polling will be held across Haryana on May 12. Chief minister Manohar Lal, however, dismissed the suggestion that the ruling BJP was in a close fight with the Congress anywhere in the state. “The BJP doesn’t have a direct fight with the Congress in Haryana and a multi-cornered contest essentially benefits the ruling dispensation,” he told ET. He said the Congress, INLD and other parties are fighting for survival in the state.

Such a scenario played out in the by-election in Jind, where the BJP won comfortably against prominent rivals pitted in a multi-corner contest. The fledgling JJP was runner up while the Congress finished third. Although the AAP-JJP alliance is not expected to achieve much success in terms of seats, it is likely to intensify the contest between the BJP and Congress. “Both INLD and JJP will segregate the Jat votes which could also hurt Congress in some seats,” said a political analyst, who did not wish to be identified. AAP has fielded its best bet and Haryana party chief Naveen Jaihind from Faridabad.
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