Chandigarh, 1 December
Haryana is also eagerly waiting for the results of the assembly elections of five states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Apart from the ruling BJP-JJP alliance in the state, opposition parties – Congress, INLD and Aam Aadmi Party are also keeping their eyes on these results. The election results of five states can also impact the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Due to its proximity to Haryana, the election results of Rajasthan can change the political equations of the state.
Not only this, the reputation of many leaders of Haryana is also at stake in all the three major states. Although there is still about 11 months left for the assembly elections in Haryana, the Lok Sabha elections to be held before that will be very important. Political parties may have to prepare their roadmap afresh for these elections also. While BJP is dreaming of change in Rajasthan, it feels that BJP can repeat it once again in Madhya Pradesh.
At the same time, the main opposition party Congress is hopeful that Madhya Pradesh will support Congress this time and people will approve the policies of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan. However, exit polls have come and they have their own estimates. Somewhere in Rajasthan, BJP is being said to be ahead and somewhere in Madhya Pradesh, a direct contest is being said between BJP and Congress. As per the trends so far, Congress seems to be making an easy comeback in Chhattisgarh. A large area of Rajasthan is adjacent to Haryana. In such a situation, the elections of this state can have an impact on the politics of Haryana. Rajasthan is also important for Haryana because the ruling BJP’s alliance partner Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) is also contesting elections on about two dozen seats in Rajasthan. Although initially JJP was trying to contest elections in alliance with BJP, but in Rajasthan BJP decided to contest elections on its own.
Political experts have their own opinions. Some say that BJP may benefit from JJP’s entry in Rajasthan. At the same time, some argue that because of JJP, BJP may lose some seats. If such results come and BJP feels that it has suffered a loss because of JJP, then the relations between the two parties in Haryana may also be affected. Questions have been raised many times in the past regarding the alliance, but due to ‘pressure’ from the central leadership, the efforts of the state unit did not come to fruition.
Hooda, Kiran Chaudhary had campaigned
In Rajasthan, former CM and opposition leader Bhupendra Singh Hooda, Rajya Sabha MP Deependra Singh Hooda, former minister and Tosham MLA Kiran Chaudhary and many other leaders had also campaigned in Rajasthan. Kiran Choudhary had been appointed as the coordinator for Rajasthan elections by the Congress leadership. Similarly, the reputation of Congress National General Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Randeep Singh Surjewala is at stake in Madhya Pradesh. After the victory in Karnataka, the leadership had also given the charge of MP to Surjewala. If Congress comes to power in Madhya Pradesh, then Randeep’s political stature will increase in front of the party leadership and Randeep can get the benefit of this in Haryana also. Similarly, former Union Minister Kumari Selja has been made in-charge of Chhattisgarh. Congress seems to be returning to power in the state under Selja’s charge. It is clear from this that Selja’s closeness to the Gandhi family may increase further. INLD Principal General Secretary and Ellenabad MLA Abhay Singh Chautala had also campaigned in Rajasthan. Whereas in Bishnoi dominated seats, former MP Kuldeep Bishnoi tried to create an environment for BJP candidates.