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2024 Lok Sabha, Assembly Elections: Results, reality check for Cong, JJP in Haryana | Chandigarh News


The Assembly election results of the heartland states — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan — have come as reality check for the Congress and the Jannayak Janta Party, and a shot in the arm for the BJP in Haryana as they brace for the Lok Sabha polls and the subsequent state polls next year.

While bucking anti-incumbency, BJP retained power in Madhya Pradesh, it also snatched Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan from the Congress.

For Manohar Lal Khattar, the incumbent chief minister of Haryana, the results couldn’t have come at a better time. Buoyed by the results, Khattar said that the BJP’s victory in the three states has endorsed the party’s policies and actions taken for the welfare of the people. “The public”, he said, “has rejected the politics of slogans”.

“If the election commission decides, Haryana is ready for simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections,” said Khattar, exuding confidence that the saffron party will form the government in state for a third consecutive term.

For BJP’s ruling alliance partner JJP, the Rajasthan election results have come as rude jolt. The party, led by Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, had projected itself as a “kingmaker in Rajasthan” and contested on 19 seats. It could not open its account and 18 of the 19 candidates lost their security deposit.

Festive offer

Talking to The Indian Express, Dushyant Chautala said, “We are satisfied with the mandate given by the people of Rajasthan. We entered Rajasthan a few months ago and could barely create an organisation. I would not like to compare Rajasthan with Haryana, because in Haryana we have a full-fledged set up on the ground”.

On 18 of his party’s 19 candidates losing security deposit, Dushyant Chautala said that it was not the criteria on which his party should be judged. “The Aam Aadmi Party, a national party, fielded 83 candidates, but we performed much better than them. We secured 0.16 per cent of the total votes polled and it is satisfactory. What happened in Rajasthan is that the votes got polarised between the two parties [BJP and Congress],” he added.

The results have also shown that the 2024 state elections will be anything but cakewalk for Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress. The two-time chief minister, who had put up a formidable fight in 2019, will now have to come up with out of the box ideas instead of depending upon anti-incumbency factor.

The party has also realised that only holding ‘Jan-Aakrosh rallies’ and hitting out at the state and the central government is not going to get them numbers.

Currently BJP holds all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana and 41 out of 90 Assembly seats. The Congress has 31 members in the Vidhan Sabha and the JJP 10. The halfway mark is 46.

Preparing for the elections, the Congress has already made several promises including Rs 6,000 per month as old age pension, cooking gas cylinder at Rs 500, 100-square yards land plots for the poor, 300 units of free electricity, and implementation of the Old Pension Scheme for the government employees.

At a Jan Aakrosh rally in Panipat on Sunday, Congress’ only Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana, Deepender Hooda citing the crowd said it was a morale booster. “The [BJP] government that sacrificed 750 farmers during the agitation [against agri laws], dragged our daughters demanding justice on the streets of Delhi, lathi-charged employees, sarpanches, and sanitation workers, has the power of money and government machinery, but we have the blessings of the public. With the power of your blessings we will fight and win against this arrogant government. We will take Haryana back on the path of development and prosperity,” said Deepender.

Meanwhile, BJP has already launched the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra — a massive public outreach programme. Through the Yatra, to be carried out across Haryana till January 26, the government is showcasing its public welfare policies and achievements while seeking suggestions from public on what more they should be doing to make their lives better.]

The JJP too has already announced it’s fifth Lok Sabha preparation rally to be held in Sirsa on December 8. The rally will be held at Dabwali. Till date, JJP has held successful Lok Sabha-preparation rallies in Sonipat, Faridabad, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh and Kurukshetra, which again begs the question whether it will contest the next year’s elections in alliance with the BJP.

Khattar said any call on alliance “is a matter of policy and a decision will be taken” when the time is right. “BJP has worked to deliver better results. Congress had been saying that the impact of these results will be seen in 2024 and I agree. The present state government is working in Haryana with the spirit of Antyodaya,” he added.





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