As Haryana will go for polls in the sixth phase on May 12,the congress party said that the current Lok Sabha election brings an opportunity for the voters to take revenge from the BJP for not fulfilling its poll promises and ignoring the plight of farmers.
Former two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is contesting from the Sonipat Lok Sabha constituency, while son Deepender Hooda is in the fray from his home turf of Rohtak for a fourth straight victory
Be it the issue of loan waiver, non-implementation of Swaminathan report, decision of scraping Dadupur Nalvi irrigation project, the farmers’ outfits have in the past five years launched several statewide agitation against the ruling BJP.
The state has 10 parliamentary seats. In 2014, the Congress suffered a humiliating defeat by winning only a single seat while the INLD grabbed the remaining two seats The BJP received 39,93,527 votes with a vote share of 34.84 per cent, while the Congress was able to garner 26,34,905 votes in the state with a vote share of 22.99 per cent. The INLD got 27,99,899 votes with a vote share of 24.43 per cent. Hooda junior was the only Congress candidate among 10 in the state to make it to the 2014 Lok Sabha despite being bedridden then.In 2009 Lok Sabha Elections, the Congress won 9 seats in the state.
BJP won the 2014 LOk Sabha and Assembly elections due to support of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Dera reportedly has over 60 lakhs followers in Haryana and over 25 lakhs in Maharashtra. Captain Abhimanyu who played a pivotal role in persuading the Dera to meet the BJP leaders and come out in open to support the party in elections.The BJP President Amit Shah had a meeting with Ram Rahim at his Sirsa Dera.
BHP has insulted the voters of Haryana as a Sonipat Lok Sabha constituency is a stronghold of the Jat community and Hooda’s wife belongs to the Sonipat constituency, where five of the nine assembly segments are held by the Congress.
Haryana witnessed violence during the Jat Reservation Agitation in February 2016 by Jat people of North India, especially those in the state of Haryana, which paralysed the State for 10 days.
In the past 11 out 17 times, the Congress has won the Jat-dominated Rohtak seat, which this time is likely to witness a four-cornered fight among the BJP, the Congress, the INLD and the Jannayak Janta Party.
Hooda, who undertook ‘Parivartan Yatra’, said the Congress party stood united in Haryana and would win all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the upcoming elections.
Hooda reminded the voters of the Haryana of the development work carried out by his government during his tenure as CM. “We waived electricity bills of Rs 1,600 crore, ensured fair prices to farmers, gave 100-square yard plots to the poor, ensured cheap grains and gave scholarships to children from poor families,” he added.
“Unity and social harmony is our biggest strength and I appeal to all sections to defeat the divisive forces by staying united and maintain social harmony,” the former CM said
Congress general secretary and Haryana in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad said Congress had fought for the freedom of the country and continued to work for farmers and poor sections after independence.
“It was under the Congress that MSP was declared and our party led the country into the green revolution. The farmers of Haryana are 24 carat gold and I am sure that they would avenge the anti-farmer policies followed by the BJP government,” he said.
Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar said the Congress was promising Rs 6,000 per month to poor farmers and people against BJP’s promise of Rs 6,000 per year.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is claiming that BJP’s no-loan waiver policy for farmers will not have any political impact in Haryana in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and said “such schemes only make hardworking people lethargic.”
The Congress party said that farmers were promised 50% profit for their crops but the BJP has betrayed their trust. The soldiers were promised One Rank One Pensions but they continue to agitate as they are not getting the same on the formula promised to them by the Congress government.
By Arti Bali