Local issues dominate poll campaign in Adampur, Ratia

In Ratia seat in Fatehabad district, main opposition Indian National Lok Dal has fielded Sarfi Bai against Congress candidate and former MLA Jarnail Singh and BJP-Haryana Janhit Congress combine aspirant Mahavir Prasad.

The Ratia by-poll has become a matter of prestige for the INLD and the ruling Congress in the wake of their defeat in the Hisar Lok Sabha by-poll in October.

Gian Chand Odh of the INLD represented Ratia in the state Assembly and his death in September necessitated the bypoll. The party has fielded his widow Sarfi from the seat.

INLD President and former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has been targeting the Congress alleging that the party led government has ignored Ratia in development works.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who has campaigned in the constituency, claims that his government had spent Rs 330 crore for various development works as against Rs 96 crore during the erstwhile INLD-BJP regime.

Former Union Minister Buta Singh, Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar and other leaders from the state Congress have also campaigned for the Congress nominee from Ratia.

Hisar MP and HJC President Kuldeep Bishnoi, too, campaigned in some villages in Ratia for Prasad.

Like in Adampur, from where his wife Renuka is contesting, Bishnoi has been lashing out at the Hooda government for allegedly discriminating against both the Assembly seats and neglecting them in development work.

From Adampur in Hisar, Congress has fielded former legislator Kuldeep Singh, and INLD retired Judge R S Baswana.

Adampur, which fell vacant after resignation of Bishnoi after his election to Lok Sabha, has traditionally been a stronghold of the Bhajan Lal family, with the late leader himself winning the seat on nine occasions.

The Congress has been using development as its key poll plank and hopes to win the two seats, especially after the severe drubbing the ruling party got in the Hisar Lok Sabha bye-election.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Haryana Police department said around 2,700 police officers and personnel would be on duty in Adampur Assembly constituency on the polling day to ensure foolproof security.

In addition to these police personnel, services of 900 personnel of paramilitary forces and 477 home guard personnel would be utilised.

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