Once Congress den, now BJP is eyeing all seats in Haryana’s Deswali

The BJP’s top brass, including party president Amit Shah, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have visited the Deswali region a number of times

Chandigarh: In current assembly elections in Haryana, BJP is set to focus the Ahirwal belt in southern Haryana. In the last assembly polls, BJP could not secure more votes from this region. The ruling BJP has now aiming eyes on reaping rich electoral dividends from the Jat-dominated Deswali region in the October 21 elections.

The Deswali belt comprises districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, and Sonipat, which send 14 MLAs out of 90-member state legislature.

In the 2014 elections, the Congress had won 10 of its 15 seats from the belt.

Rohtak district is considered the stronghold of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who had bagged the post of the Congress Legislative Party leader last month. Hooda himself represents the Jat community.

His son Deepender Singh Hooda had lost to BJP candidate Arvind Sharma in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Rohtak.

Former CM Hooda too had lost the Lok Sabha contest from Sonipat.

The BJP’s top brass, including party president Amit Shah, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have visited the Deswali region a number of times.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar too had concluded his “Jan Ashirwad Yatra” in Rohtak recently.

Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah had camped in Rohtak for three days in the year 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held three major events in Rohtak in the past two years, including the inauguration of a statue of legendary farmer leader Sir Chhotu Ram.

Narendra Modi addressed a poll rally in Rohtak in connection with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the region.

A month ago, Modi had addressed another rally before the assembly polls.

BJP leader said the party is now enjoying a strong base in the entire Haryana and claimed that this would reflect in the results of the assembly polls.

Last time, the saffron party had bagged 47 seats in the assembly elections, sweeping the Ahirwal belt and the northern parts of the state.

Earlier Congress had a very strong hold in Deswali region but now it seems that since Narendra Modi has taken charge in center things have changed in Haryana as well. Congress unit has many Jat leaders in it. Despite the range of Jat leaders in Haryana, the party has been unable to win its prominent constituencies.

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