Congress Announces Lok Sabha Candidates for Haryana, Omits Key Figures

The Congress party has released its candidate list for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Haryana, reflecting internal power dynamics and strategic considerations. The list bears the stamp of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda camp, with notable omissions and inclusions.

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Congress Announces Lok Sabha Candidates for Haryana, Omits Key Figures

Congress Announces Lok Sabha Candidates for Haryana, Omits Key Figures

The Congress party has released its list of candidates for eight of the nine Lok Sabha seats it is contesting in Haryana for the upcoming General Elections 2024. The list seems to bear the stamp of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda camp, with two notable omissions - former Hisar MP Brijendra Singh, who had recently joined the Congress, and Shruti Choudhry, the daughter of two-time former Minister Kiran Choudhry.

Instead, the party has fielded three-time former Hisar MP Jai Prakash, considered a confidant of Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and Rao Dan Singh, a Hooda loyalist, for the Bhiwani-Mahendragarh seat. Congress general secretary Kumari Selja and Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Hooda have been fielded from Sirsa and Rohtak constituencies, respectively.

The key candidates announced include Deepender Singh Hooda from Rohtak, Kumari Selja from Sirsa, and Mahendra Pratap from Faridabad. The party has also fielded candidates for other constituencies in Haryana, such as Varun Chaudhary from Ambala, Jai Prakash from Hisar, Divyanshu Budhiraja from Karnal, Satpal Brahmachari from Sonipat, and Rao Dhan Singh from Bhiwani Mahendragarh.

The party has decided not to field former BJP MP Brijendra Singh, citing adverse ground reports. The list of candidates bears the imprint of Haryana strongman Bhupinder Hooda, with his son Deepender Hooda contesting from Rohtak. The party has postponed the decision on the Gurgaon seat, considering fielding either Raj Babbar or Captain Ajay Yadav.

The party is yet to decide on its candidate for the Gurgaon seat, and Sushil Gupta, the State president of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), an INDIA bloc ally of the Congress, is contesting from the Kurukshetra seat. The Congress's list of candidates for Haryana comes a day ahead of the second phase of polling, which will cover 89 Lok Sabha seats across 12 states and one Union Territory.

Why this matters: The Congress party's candidate selection in Haryana for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections reflects internal power dynamics and strategic considerations. The omission of key figures and the influence of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda camp highlight the complexities of electoral politics within the party.

The Congress has so far announced 317 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. "The party has fielded several prominent leaders, including former Union minister Kumari Selja, Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Hooda, and youth leader Divyanshu Budhiraja," a party spokesperson said. The Congress's candidate list for Haryana sets the stage for a competitive electoral battle in the state as the party aims to make a strong showing in the 2024 General Elections.

Key Takeaways

  • Congress releases list of 8 Haryana LS candidates, reflecting Hooda camp's influence.
  • Key candidates include Deepender Hooda, Kumari Selja, and Mahendra Pratap.
  • Congress postpones decision on Gurgaon seat, considering Raj Babbar or Ajay Yadav.
  • AAP's Sushil Gupta to contest from Kurukshetra, an INDIA bloc ally of Congress.
  • Congress has so far announced 317 candidates for 2024 Lok Sabha elections.