Hooda Campaigns for Congress in Gurugram, Questions BJP on Ahir Regiment

Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda campaigns for Congress candidate Raj Babbar in Gurugram, questioning the BJP's rejection of the Ahir Regiment demand. Hooda's mother, Asha Hooda, also joins the campaign, urging voters to oust the BJP from power.

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Hooda Campaigns for Congress in Gurugram, Questions BJP on Ahir Regiment

Hooda Campaigns for Congress in Gurugram, Questions BJP on Ahir Regiment

Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda has been actively campaigning for Congress candidate Raj Babbar in Gurugram ahead of the May 25 Lok Sabha polls. During his campaign trail, Hooda questioned the BJP's rejection of the long-standing demand for an Ahir Regiment in the Indian Army.

Why this matters: The demand for an Ahir Regiment has significant implications for the Indian Army's representation and diversity, as well as the political landscape of Haryana. The outcome of this election could influence the BJP's stance on the issue and have far-reaching consequences for the Ahir community and the state's politics.

Hooda addressed a series of public meetings at various villages in the Garhi Sampla-Kiloi Assembly segment as part of his campaign efforts. His mother, Asha Hooda, also joined in, interacting with voters in the Arya Nagar locality of Rohtak. She urged the electorate to vote for the Congress to oust the BJP from power.

Recalling old memories with the voters and speaking in Punjabi, Asha Hooda drew attention to the need for change. She emphasized that this election is a "nyaya yudh" (fight for justice) against the tyrannical and insensitive government of the BJP, which she accused of disrespecting all sections of society over the past decade.

Asha Hooda further stated, "This election is for securing the future of educated youths, ensuring safety of women and the business community, dignity of Rohtak and Haryana, welfare of the farmers and uplifting of the downtrodden..." Local Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Batra also criticized the BJP government, saying it has failed to bring any major development projects or resolve public issues, leading to widespread discontent.

The demand for an Ahir Regiment has been a long-standing issue in Haryana, with the Ahir community constituting a significant portion of the state's population. The Ahirs have a strong tradition of serving in the Indian Army and have been seeking the creation of a separate regiment named after their community.

By raising the Ahir Regiment issue during his campaign, Bhupinder Hooda aims to strike a chord with the Ahir community and highlight the BJP's alleged indifference towards their demands. The Congress is looking to regain lost ground in Haryana, where it suffered a major defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Hooda himself lost the Sonipat constituency to BJP's Ramesh Chander Kaushik by a margin of over 1.6 lakh votes in the previous general election.

As the Lok Sabha polls draw closer, Bhupinder Hooda's campaign in support of Raj Babbar and his criticism of the BJP government's stance on the Ahir Regiment demand are likely to intensify. The outcome of the Gurugram constituency, where Babbar is pitted against the BJP, could provide insights into the political mood in Haryana and the Congress party's prospects of revival in the state.

Key Takeaways

  • Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda campaigns for Congress candidate Raj Babbar in Gurugram.
  • Hooda raises demand for Ahir Regiment in Indian Army, questioning BJP's rejection.
  • Ahir Regiment issue significant for Indian Army's diversity and Haryana's politics.
  • Hooda's mother, Asha Hooda, joins campaign, urging voters to oust BJP from power.
  • Outcome of Gurugram constituency may impact Congress' revival in Haryana.