Local issues versus Nationalism : Who will win the Haryana Assembly race?

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Chandigarh
(Jag Mohan Thaken), Sept 21  : Election Commission
on Saturday  declared election dates for
Haryana Assembly polls . As per schedule the votes will be cast on October 21
and the counting of votes will take place on October 24.

The EC today
announced the Assembly poll dates for two states– Haryana and Maharashtra, in
a press conference around 12 am.  As per
the announcement, the notification will be issued on September 27 and the last
date for nomination is October 4.

The total
number of voters in Haryana is 1,82,98,714, out 
of which 97,30,169 are male and 84,60,820 are female, 239 are
transgender voters and 1,07,486 are service voters.

The tenure
of the present Haryana Legislative expires on November 2, 2019.  In 2014, polling  took place in a single phase on October 15
and results were announced on October 19. BJP got the power by getting 47
assembly seats, congress 15, INLD 19 and others 9  out of 90. Now the BJP is aiming to retain
power and increase its tally from 47 to 75 in the 90-member House.

But, this
time the political atmosphere in the state is differently changed . The main
opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has smashed to grounds and a
new rebellion party Jan Nayak Janata Party (JJP) has emerged out of Devi Lal’s
INLD, but this bifurcation has fabled 
both the groups and now none of these seems to get some noticeable seats
.

However, the
congress, that had gone to zero level during the last five years under the   emaciated  
leadership of imposed state president Ashok Tanwar  , now 
has started breathing somewhat in a better way due to handing over of
its reigns to Rajya Sabha member Kumari Seilja and former Chief Minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda. In the Changed scenario and due to feeble third or fourth fronts,
the congress seems to be the only alternate of BJP before the voters .

In the
recently held Lok Sabha polls, getting complete hold of the state by winning all
the 10 Lok Sabha seats , the BJP using the name of ‘Modi’ and raising the
Nationalism and other national issues had dashed the hope of opposition parties
in the state . Encouraged with the Lok Sabha results, BJP may fight the
state  assembly elections also to fulfil
its  dream of  more than 75 seats out of 90  on the strength of Nationalism by  using the recent decision of scrapping of the
special status of Jammu & Kashmir by 
the BJP led  central government .

But this being
the Assembly election , the issues may touch grounds and the local level  progress of BJP government and its failure to
resolve the assembly level problems will also be the decisive factors . As
evident from the clear-cut decision of the Greater Faridabad Residents’
Association that had made it loud and clear at the outset that their vote would
go only to that candidate who builds the Master Road for them. Angry over being
forced to use a narrow road for seven years, despite having paid external
development charges, a resolute ‘No road, No vote’ is their slogan for the
fourth coming assembly elections.

After
failure of congress to attract the voters on the issues like Note-Bandi and GST
against issues of  nationalism and lack
of leadership with congress  raised by
BJP during recent Lok Sabha elections ,

now the
Haryana state congress leadership has started to highlight the local issues and
hopes for favourable voting in the assembly polls.

While
addressing a press conference on Wednesday , Sept 18 , the  newly appointed Haryana Congress chief Selja
said , “The BJP leaders are using the scrapping of the special status of Jammu
& Kashmir and National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue as a poll plank in
Haryana to divert the attention from its failures”.

The CLP leader and Chairman State Congress Election Management Committee, the former chief minister of  Haryana, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda rejecting the BJP’s claim of winning more than 75 of the 90 assembly seats says,   “It does not matter whatever claims they make. But people have made up their mind to throw them out.  The issues in Lok Sabha polls and Vidhan Sabha polls are different. In the Vidhan Sabha election, people will cast their votes based on regional issues.”

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