Chandigarh, Oct 3 (PTI) The ruling BJP and opposition parties on Monday welcomed the announcement of a partial ballot for the seat of the Adampur assembly in Haryana, the leader of the saffron holding Kuldeep Bishnoi stating that “as usual victory will be from Adampur”.
Bishnoi’s resignation as Congressman in August necessitated an indirect vote for the seat of Adampur in Hisar district.
Polls for seven vacant assembly seats across six states, including Adampur’s seat in Haryana, will be held on November 3, the electoral commission announced on Monday.
“Welcome to the announcement of the by-election for the seat of Adampur. The wait is over. Once again, Adampur will face the opponents, and as usual, victory will be Adampur,” said former MP Bishnoi in a tweet in Hindi. Bishnoi (54) had joined the BJP on August 4 nearly two months after being expelled by Congress from all party posts for defying his whip and voting for the ruling party’s backed candidate in Rajya’s polls Sabha.
Bishnoi’s decision not to vote for Congress candidate Ajay Maken in the Rajya Sabha polls in June led to his defeat by a narrow margin to independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma, who was backed by the BJP.
Notification of the November 3 by-vote will be published on October 7 and the counting of votes will take place on November 6, the EC said in a statement.
Welcoming the news of the bypolls, Haryana Congress Leader Udai Bhan said Adampur has always been a Congress stronghold.
Striking Bishnoi, the Congress leader said “the way he betrayed the party and the people in the constituency, people will teach him a lesson.”
Taking another dig at Bishnoi, Bhan said, “He hasn’t decided yet whether he or his son will contest the partial vote. BJP can nominate either of them as the candidate or anyone else, but Congress is ready and we will win.” Sushil Gupta, senior Aam Aadmi party leader and Haryana affairs officer of the party, said the AAP will firmly fight the election and win.
“There will have to be an end to corruption and parivarvaad. BJP speaks against parivarvaad (dynastic system), but what do we see in Adampur?” asked Gupta.
He claimed that no development work had taken place in Adampur, the roads were in poor condition and the state of education was poor.
“The people of Adampur are mainly into agriculture and the farmers are unhappy with the current government in several points. They also know how this government has dealt with them during the agitation against the agricultural laws,” said he declared.
Bishnoi’s son, Bhavya Bishnoi, who unsuccessfully challenged Hisar’s 2019 Lok Sabha polls, also left Congress in August. Bishnoi, a four-time MLA and two-time MP, has been sulking since Congress passed him over for the Haryana unit chief position in an overhaul earlier this year.
Bishnoi had earlier said his party BJP will decide who will contest Adampur’s partial vote, but he and the people want his son Bhavya Bishnoi to contest from there.
He had, however, declared that they would accept the party’s decision. PTI SUN VSD RCJ RCJ