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Haryana dynasties locked in fight of primacy in Hisar

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

The seat on Sunday will witness an gripping fight of supremacy among Haryana's three bigwig political dynasties -- two belonging to the fourth generation and one to the third.

Sitting Member of Parliament Dushyant Chautala, the great grandson of former Devi Lal, is taking on bureaucrat-turned-Bijendra Singh, the great grandson of popular leader Sir Chhotu Ram, and greenhorn Bhavya Bishnoi, the grandson of former

While Bijendra is 46 years old, Dushyant is 31 and Bhavya 26. All three are multi-millionaires and highly educated, as per their election affidavit and declarations.

While candidate Bijendra Singh, son of for Steel Birender Singh, quit the (IAS) just ahead of the polls; candidate Bhavya is son of who lost this seat in 2014 as a Janhit candidate.

Birender Singh had joined the BJP in 2014 after leading a revolt against then His wife is a from the Uchana Kalan assembly constituency in the district.

Dushyant, who won the 2014 elections as the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate, is now representing the newly formed (JJP), which has a poll alliance with the (AAP) in the state.

Dushyant, the youngest in the outgoing Lok Sabha, parted ways with the in December 2018 after a bitter split in the party and the Chautala family.

Dushyant's father, Ajay Singh Chautala, is the elder son of and former Om Prakash Chautala, is contesting his first elections after floating his own party.

The results would be a semi-final for the future of his JJP as the Assembly elections are due later this year, political experts told IANS.

The entry of Bhavya in the fray has made the contest interesting. He will most likely attract non-Jat voters as both his immediate rivals are Jats.

"There was no pressure on me to join I took a call to become a politician," Bhavya told IANS. If elected, he would like to work for sportspersons and allow them better opportunities to hone their talent, Bhavya said.

As per the caste mathematics, Jats are the dominant group and account for one-third of the total votes. Scheduled Caste voters number 23.66 per cent in the seat that has nine Assembly constituencies.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the battle turned into a high-profile Jat-versus-non-Jat fight with 41 candidates in the fray, the highest in the state's 10 seats. The voter turnout was 76.23 per cent.

In 2014, Dushyant (then INLD) received 494,478 votes (32 per cent), (Janhit Congress) 462,631 votes (30 per cent) and Sampat Singh 102,509 (6 per cent) votes.

In 2009 and the 2011 by-elections, the seat was won by non-Jat candidates and Kuldeep Bishnoi, respectively, indicating a divide among Jats.

The constituency boasts literacy rate of 72.22 per cent.

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--IANS

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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 19:52 IST
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