Charkhi Dadri (Haryana) Assembly Election Results 2019: BJP candidate and international wrestler Babita Kumari Phogat has lost the election from the Charkhi Dadri Assembly segment of Bhiwani district. From the segment, Sombir, an Independent candidate defeated Jannayak Janata Party’s Satpal Sangwan by a margin of 14,272 votes while Babita was nowhere in the contest.
With Babita’s loss, the wait for BJP’s maiden victory from this seat continues as the saffron party has never won from this constituency in the 13 Assembly elections conducted so far. Riding on Babita’s popularity, BJP hoped to break the jinx of having never won from this seat.
Babita has contested polls against seasoned politicians such as Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) candidate Satpal Sangwan, Independent candidate Sombir and Congress candidate Nirpender Singh Sangwan. Both Satpal Sangwan and Nirpender Singh Sangwan have switched sides recently and won this seat earlier with margins of less than 2,000 votes.
Another international wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt too bite the dust in the Haryana elections. The saving grace for the saffron party was the win of former hockey captain Sandeep Singh.
In the Charkhi Dadri Assembly constituency, no political party has claimed victory in two consecutive elections in the last five polls.
Babita became a household name after ”Dangal” film became a super hit. The film is about the struggle of Babita’s father and wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat to train her and her elder sister Geeta, who was India’s first gold medalist in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games.
Both Geeta and Babita have contributed to a change in mindset and attitude towards girls and women in their village in Haryana. While campaigning for Babita Phogat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the 29-year-old BJP candidate, saying in Haryanvi: “Mahre chhoree chhoron say kam hey ke (Are our girls any less than the boys?)”.
In 2014 Haryana Assembly election, Rajdeep Phogat of Indian National Lok Dalat won the seat. In 2009, Congress candidate Satpal Sangwan emerged victorious with a margin of only 145 votes than INLD’s Rajdeep Phogat. Rajdeep is one of the four MLAs who joined the Dushyant Chautala’s JJP after a split in INLD. This election too might continue the trend as a close race is likely between the INLD and the BJP.