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Posted at: Oct 6, 2018, 12:03 AM; last updated: Oct 6, 2018, 12:03 AM (IST)

Assembly poll due next year, parties already into overdrive

Assembly poll due next year, parties already into overdrive
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar addresses a public rally at Hodal town of Palwal district. Tribune photo

Geetanjali Gayatri

The Assembly elections in Haryana are still a year away but political activities have already picked up. While the BJP, the Congress and the INLD are into an overdrive, other parties that hardly have any base or vote bank in the state are also in the election mode. 

This is a packed month for the state BJP, which will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 9 at Garhi Sampla in Rohtak where he will address a rally after unveiling a statue of Sir Chottu Ram. Later in the month, the party has planned another rally to celebrate four years of rule in the state for which Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has invited the Prime Minister. However, the Prime Minister’s Office is yet to confirm the programme.

The Congress leaders belonging to various factions are busy holding individual programmes across the state. State Congress president Ashok Tanwar held a rally in Panipat last week. In fact Tanwar, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, AICC media in charge Randeep Singh Surjewala and Congress Legislative Party leader Kiran Choudhry are organising programmes every week.

The INLD workers are on their toes for the rally on October 7 to mark the birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal. After a long time, party supremo and former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala is expected to address the rally. He is at present serving a jail sentence in the JBT scam and is out on parole.

While the three main parties are slugging it out among themselves, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has stepped up its activities and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has started to tour Haryana. In the last over one month, he has visited Haryana at least twice in an effort to test the waters. Though he has announced that AAP will not contest the Jind byelection, he has made his intentions clear to contest all seats in the next Assembly elections. Swaraj India, the breakaway faction of AAP, and its leader Yogendra Yadav, too, have intensified their activities and visibility.

Sharad Yadav, patron of the Loktantrik Janata Dal, was also in Haryana last week to participate in the ‘Samvidhan Bachao’ programme to unite Opposition parties against the BJP. In Karnal, during a workers’ meeting, he showed his inclination towards the Congress.

The BSP has formed an alliance with the INLD, which means that soon Mayawati will be touring Haryana.

Though the Chief Minister has repeatedly said that the Assembly elections will be held on time, the parties are leaving nothing to chance. Moreover, the BJP, with all its announcements and sops it is announcing, has set the ball rolling.


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