With assembly elections scheduled for October 21 in Haryana and Maharashtra, the big question of who have eventually got the ticket is high on the radar.
BJP has left everyone in shock by denying tickets to some old hands and stalwarts, because of allegations and cases against them. With the sitting MLAs being denied ticket, BJP has sent out a clear message of action against dissidents and those who faced allegations. A message that has ensured that public apathy does not result in them getting tickets.
The final list dashed the hopes of minister Rao Narbir Singh, who was denied a ticket from Badshahpur constituency in Gurgaon district. Now a total of 12 MLAs has been denied a ticket for the upcoming polls.
With the announcement of candidates for all the 90 seats, speculations were put to rest that the party may accommodate ministers Vipul Goel and Rao Narbir Singh, both of whom were denied re-nomination, on other seats.The replacements are as follows – Goel has been replaced by Narinder Gupta, Manish Yadav comes in for Rao Narbir Singh.
Besides them, Deputy Speaker Santosh Yadav, who represented Ateli constituency in Mahendergarh district, too was denied party ticket to re-contest from the seat and has been replaced by Sita Ram Yadav.
In the second list, the party had denied a ticket to Panipat City MLA Rohita Rewri, in whose place Pramod Viz has been fielded. From Gurgaon, Umesh Aggarwal failed to get a re-nomination and Sudhir Singla got the ticket.
Among the ministers who have been re-nominated include Capt Abhimanyu, Ram Bilas Sharma, Anil Vij, Krishan Kumar Bedi, Karan Dev Kamboj, Kavita Jain and O P Dhankar.
The BJP had won 47 seats in the 2014 assembly polls and after its win in the Jind bypolls earlier this year, the party’s strength rose to 48. With its renewed fervour and position of strength in the centre, BJP has set a target of winning 75 plus seats this time.
From Mullana reserved seat, Santosh Chauhan Sarwan has been replaced by Rajbir Barara, Shyam Singh Rana has failed to get re-nomination from Radaur seat from where Minister Karan Dev Kamboj will now contest. Kamboj represented Indri earlier.
From Gulha reserved seat in Kaithal district, Kulwant Ram Bazigar has been replaced by Ravi Taranvali, from Pataudi reserved in Gurgaon district, Bimla Chaudhary has been denied ticket from the seat and Satya Prakash has been declared as BJP candidate from there.
Tejpal Tanwar has been denied renomination from Sohna in Gurgaon, from where Sanjay Singh will be the party nominee.
Lone SAD MLA Balkaur Singh, whose entry into the BJP fold recently had angered the Shiromani Akali Dal, has also been rewarded with a ticket from his Kalanwali reserved seat in Sirsa.
Late deputy prime minister Devi Lal’s grandson Aditya Chautala has been fielded from Dabwali, the Chautala clan’s bastion represented by Naina Chautala, wife of former MP Ajay Singh Chautala.
Many sports personalities have also been given a ticket. Wrestler Babita Phogat, former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh, Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt will now be contesting from Dadri, Pehowa and Baroda, respectively.