Garhi Sampla-Kiloi election result updates: Bhupinder Singh Hooda is expected to reach the national capital this evening and will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other top leaders of the grand old party.
Garhi Sampla-Kiloi election result updates: Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has won from his home constituency Garhi Sampla-Kiloi in Rohtak district. According to the latest reports, the former Chief Minister has won the election by a margin of more than 45,000 votes. Hooda had contested the Haryana assembly elections against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Satish Nandal. Nandal, who was with the Indian National Lok Dal, had switched sides prior to polls.
Hooda is expected to reach the national capital this evening and will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other top leaders of the grand old party. In the meeting, the party leaders are likely to strategise on forming the government in the state.
Hooda, the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader is also in touch with the Dushyant Chautala’s JJP and other independents. Speaking to reporters in Rohtak, Hooda said the people of Haryana have rejected the Khattar government. “We have several options before us. The BJP has no right to form government in Haryana,” Hooda said.
Hooda, who has served as Haryana chief minister twice, forced the Congress central leadership to remove Ashok Tanwar from the post of state unit president just days ahead of elections. Kumari Selja replaces Tanwar on the post, however, Hooda, who made the Congress Legislature party chief, remained the Congress’ face in Haryana. Finding it hard to contain the ever-widening rift within the party in Haryana, the Congress depends heavily on Hooda to resurrect things.
In 2005, it was under Hooda’s leadership that the Congress had won 67 out of 90 seats in Haryana assembly.
While most of the exit polls have shown Khattar returning to power, a survey conducted by India Today-Axis My India has predicted a tough battle between the Congress and the BJP. According to India Today exit poll, Haryana could witness a hung assembly as the BJP is predicted to win 32-44 seats and the Congress a close 30-42 seats.
Hooda has also negated the exit polls predicting a BJP clean sweep in Haryana.
“According to the feedback I have got and on the basis of my tours across the state ahead of polling, I can say that on October 24, when the results are declared, the Congress will get a majority and form the government,” the veteran Congress leader told reporters at his home constituency.