Baroda Assembly Election Results 2019, Yogeshwar Dutt: Yogeshwar Dutt who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the only third Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal undertook foot marches and addresses public meetings to woo the voters in Baroda
Baroda, Haryana Assembly Election Results 2019: Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has lost the assembly election by a margin of over 5,000 votes. He had contested the elections from the Baroda Assembly seat in Haryana. He was defeated by Congress’ Sri Krishan Hooda. Apart from Dutt, 11 other candidates have contested the election from the assembly seat this time.
Dutt who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the only third Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal undertook foot marches and addresses public meetings to woo the voters in Baroda. In September, when Dutt joined the BJP, the athlete said that he decided to take the political plunge because he was impressed by the works of PM Narendra Modi and that the BJP was the only political party which he could think of as the party’s ideology of nationalism was similar to his way of thinking.
Dutt highlighted the surgical strikes, Article 370 decision in his rallies aggressively. He appealed to the voters for the BJP which has given a leadership that keeps the nation above all. He also spoke about the issues people of his constituency have been facing for years. The athlete vowed to address the water scarcity issue, one of the major issues in Baroda, if he wins. Besides, he also assured voters to develop proper infrastructure for wrestling and other sports in his constituency. Electricity, school education, he said, will also be given attention.
During the campaigns, Dutt appeared to be confident about his candidature from Baroda as he predicted there was a wave in favour of the saffron party. However, an exit poll conducted by News18-IPSOS has projected that Dutt might lose.
Interestingly, Dutt was among the first sportspersons to blast the BJP government led by Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana over the decision to reduce cash rewards for international medal winning athletes.
Polling to elect a new government in Haryana concluded peacefully on Monday evening. Several exit polls have predicted that the BJP will return to power for one more term on the 90-member Legislative Assembly. The state had recorded a voter turnout of over 68 per cent.