A difficult task for the candidate of BJP Kanda: The Tribune India
Deswal from the Deep
Tribune press service
Hisar, October 16
BJP candidate Gobind Kanda faces an uphill battle in Elenabad’s by-election amid resentment among farmers over the issue of farm laws.
Survey code “violated”, INLD writes to EC
Hisar: The INLD filed a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer, “accusing” BJP candidate Gobind Kanda of violating the electoral code at the behest of the government. INLD Head of State Nafe Rathi said during the campaign that Kanda created fear among voters because he was accompanied by a convoy, in violation of EC standards. He said that such misuse of the government to promote the interests of a particular candidate was a violation of the electoral code.
New to Ellenabad, Kanda had already participated in two elections of the Rania Assembly segment as a candidate for the Haryana Lokhit party, proposed by his brother Gopal Kanda.
The BJP, however, nominated him as a candidate days after joining the party. “The decision to line him up says a lot about the party’s strength or weakness in Ellenabad, especially after Pawan Beniwal quit the party. Pawan had contested the 2019 and 2014 ballots on the BJP ticket and posed a good fight against INLD leader Abhay Chautala, ”said a political observer. Pawan is now a candidate for Congress.
With the might of the BJP-JJP coalition behind him, he, along with his brother Gopal Kanda (Sirsa MLA), spares no effort to take on his rivals Abhay Singh Chautala of the INLD and Pawan Beniwal of the Congress.
For Kanda, tackling farmers’ protests during his campaign is a difficult challenge. He remained in a personal security circle and was accompanied by a cavalcade of police and paramilitary personnel due to the protests.
Rakesh Kamboj from Kesupura said the question of farmers would play a key role in the outcome of the poll. “People have the right to organize peaceful protests to raise their issues. Anti-nomination and anti-farmer sentiments will cost the ruling coalition dearly in the bypoll, ”he said.
On the other hand, another villager Naresh Kumar from Dhani Jattan said that Kanda received a warm welcome in his village. “The protests appear to be organized at the request of rival candidates,” he said.
However, political experts said rival candidates fueled controversies surrounding Gobind’s older brother Gopal Kanda in the poll. “Plus, Ellenabad is a new segment for him. Certainly, the resentment of farmers will also hurt him, ”said one expert.
“Election management and the use of the resources at their disposal cannot be ignored in the campaign either. In addition, the state has its performance and popularity at stake. A defeat in Ellenabad will hurt the party (BJP) more than the candidate (Kanda). However, if it wins, the BJP will try to change the whole discourse around the agitation of the farmers, ”commented one expert.