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Clean sweep for BJP in Haryana, wins all 10 seats

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

In a first in Haryana's electoral history, the ruling BJP made a clean sweep by winning all 10 seats in the state, while the and Om Prakash Chautala's (INLD) faced humiliating defeats.

Union Ministers and (Faridabad) won their respective constituencies.

Former Chief and and his son had to bite the dust in Sonipat and Rohtak seats, respectively.

It was a do-or-die battle for Chief and his predecessor - the "marginalised"

The stakes were high for Hooda in these elections as he had tried to prove that he was still a and could lead the Congress in the forthcoming Assembly polls.

Hooda was marginalised after the party's humiliating defeat in the October, 2014 Assembly polls held with him at the helm.

In contrast to his father, was confident of retaining his

In the past 11 out of 17 times, the Congress has won the Jat-dominated Rohtak seat.

The Hoodas -- Deepender Hooda, his father and grandfather -- have represented Rohtak nine times.

Hooda junior was the only Congress candidate among 10 in the state who had managed to win in the 2014 polls. The BJP had then polled 34.8 per cent of votes, winning seven seats, while the INLD secured two seats.

The other big name who lost in this election was former Kumari Selja, who was fighting on the Congress ticket from Ambala, a reserved seat.

The BJP's winner Rao Inderjit Singh was contesting from Gurugram, while former Congress was pitted against him.

Krishan Pal Gujjar, who won the seat in 2014 with a huge 4.7 lakh margin, was vying to retain the seat. He was facing a challenge from former Congress and AAP

Former Chautala's grandsons -- Arjun, Dushyant and Digvijay -- who were making their debut in electoral politics, all faced defeats.

Arjun and were trying their luck from Kurukshetra and Sonipat seats, respectively, as candidates of the INLD and the (JJP), a breakaway INLD faction.

The JJP and the had formed an alliance.

A triangular clash of dynasts was witnessed in Hisar where Dushyant Chautala, who leads the JJP, was struggling to retain his seat.

He was pitted against debutants Bhavya Bishnoi of the Congress and BJP's bureaucrat-turned-politician who won the seat.

While Bishnoi, the youngest in the fray, is the grandson of late three-time Bhajan Lal, is the son of Congress turncoat and

Amidst allegations of booth capturing, 69.74 per cent of the 1.8 crore electorate in the state cast their votes on May 12.

The result decided the fate of 223 candidates, including 11 women.



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First Published: Thu, May 23 2019. 20:00 IST