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Congress sweeps three by-polls in Haryana

Tuesday 7 June 2005, by AHUJA*Rajesh

Landslide victory consolidates Hooda’s hold over the State

CHANDIGARH: As expected, the Congress not only swept the three Assembly by-elections in Haryana but its candidates, including the Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, won with huge margins of over one lakh votes.

According to the results declared on Sunday, Mr.Hooda, who contested from his traditional Kiloi constituency, defeated his nearest Indian National Lok Dal nominee, Azad Singh Attri, by a margin of 1,03,635 votes. Mr.Attri could poll only 3,063 votes. And in Tosham, Kiran Chaudhary, the widow of the late Agriculture Minister, Surender Singh, fared even better as she won by a massive margin of 1,25,520 votes. In Hisar constituency, Savitri Devi, the widow of the late Power Minister, O.P.Jindal, won by a margin of 1,02,231votes.Interestingly, the INLD and BJP had not fielded candidates in Tosham and Hisar constituency. It may be recalled that both

Mr.Surender Singh and Mr.Jindal were killed in an air crash on March 31.


According to political observers, the landslide victory of the Congress has further consolidated Mr. Hooda’s hold over the State after the Lok Sabha MP from Rohtak was hand-picked by the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, to rule Haryana where the party won 67 out of 90 Assembly seats in the February elections.

Mr.Hooda has thanked the people of Kiloi, Tosham and Hisar for the unprecedented mandate given to him and and Mrs.Kiran Chaudhary and Mrs.Savitri Devi. He said this massive mandate of the people reflected their faith in the policies and programmes of the Congress party, especially in the efforts being made to make Haryana free from atmosphere of fear and corruption. "Efforts would be made to fulfil the aspirations of the people and make Haryana number one State in the field of development in the next five years,’’ he reiterated.

He announced that he would visit each village of the Kiloi constituency after the ensuing Vidhan Sabha session from June 9 to personally thank the people. During his visit to each village, he would hear the grievances of the people and resolve their problems on the spot.

Mr.Hooda said that he would soon resign from the Lok Sabha after consulting the Lok Sabha Speaker on Monday.

In a significant remark, he said that the issue of inducting Ms.Chaudhary in the Cabinet would be considered at the time of its expansion but at the same time he made it clear that there was no "proposal’’ to expand his Ministry.

He claimed that the Kiloi by-election had set new healthy precedents and clearly established that if the people contested the polls themselves, wasteful expenditure could be avoided and the election conducted peacefully.

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