A fighting Bhajan Lal retains Adampur seat (Lead)

May 25th, 2008 - 4:25 pm ICT by admin  

Chandigarh, May 25 (IANS) Former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal Sunday retained his Adampur assembly seat even as his Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) lost two other seats in the state to the ruling Congress, his erstwhile party. Of the three assembly by-elections held last week, the ruling Congress won from Indri and Gohana constituencies.

It was a record 10th straight win for Bhajan Lal from Adampur in Haryana’s Hissar district. Although the winning margin was just over 26,000 over his Congress rival Ranjit Singh, his victory signifies his hold over a constituency he has represented since 1968.

Bhajan Lal won the seat in the February 2005 assembly polls by over 71,000 votes — the highest victory margin for any Congress candidate in that election.

He was disqualified and unseated in March this year along with two of his supporters-legislators, Dharampal Malik and Rakesh Kamboj, for floating and joining the HJC.

Malik and Kamboj lost the assembly by-polls from the Gohana (Rohtak district) and Indri (Karnal district) Sunday. All three had contested the same seats in 2005 and won.

This time, the Indri seat was won by Bhim Sen Mehta of the Congress by over 5,800 votes over Kamboj. In Gohana, Jagbir Singh Malik (Congress) won over his nearest rival, Indian National Lok Dal’s (INLD) K.C. Bangar. Dharampal Malik of HJC finished fifth here.

While the ruling Congress was elated over its victories in the two assembly seats Sunday, it marked a not-so-good start for the HJC in Haryana politics.

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