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BJP’s Haryana campaign to focus on corruption and nationalism

Hooda has charges of corruption and a charge sheet against him: Capt Abhimanyu

Sep 06, 2019, 06.43 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: BJP has decided to highlight the issue of corruption in the forthcoming assembly elections in Haryana after the Congress appointed former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the head of its campaign committee. The administrative changes in J&K and the Balakot air strikes will be BJP’s other poll planks. “Hooda has charges of corruption and a charge sheet against him. He is out on bail. He has no moral authority to lead,” Haryana finance minister Abhimanyu told ET. He described Hooda as a ‘spent force’, saying he lost the Sonepat Lok Sabha election by a big margin. His son, Deependra, too lost the Rohtak contest.

BJP is eyeing non-Jat votes in Haryana, while Hooda, INLD and Dushyant Chautala led-Jannayak Janata Party count Jats as their vote bank. The ruling party was pushed on the backfoot during the Jat quota reservation but feels the anger has subsided. “INLD and JJP are struggling with family feuds. There is a struggle for one-upmanship in the family,” a BJP leader alleged. The Chautala family is weak force after the split in the party and this election will see a direct fight between BJP and Congress. “We will seek votes in the name of good governance, transparency and an honest government. We have defeated dynasty politics Our development programmes have been on parity for all districts. Earlier there was regionalism in development, where only the home district of the chief minister of the day would see development,” Abhimanyu alleged.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Rohtak on Sunday to mark the culmination of CM Manohar Lal’s Jan Aadesh Yatra. This will launch BJP’s election campaign officially. The CM enjoys Modi’s trust since their initial days of politics.

Haryana has seen successive governments mired in corruption but the Manohar Lal government has not faced any allegations of financial wrong doing. However, BJP’s biggest vote catcher will be nationalism.

“We got a boost in the Lok Sabha elections where BJP led in 79 of the 90 assembly segments. The reading down of Article 370 will be a big issue. Almost 10% of paramilitary and defence forces are from Haryana,” Abhimanyu said, adding Congress’ stand on Article 370 will be questioned.

The surgical strikes and Balakot air strikes had given BJP political dividends in Haryana in the LS polls. However, some BJP leaders maintain Dalit votes are a worry. Congress has appointed Kumari Selja as the Haryana unit head, replacing Ashok Tanwar. The action against Baba Ram Rahim by the Khattar government may also have some repercussions as most followers are Dalits.

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