CHANDIGARH: The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Abhay Singh Chautala scored his fifth victory from Ellenabad in Haryana assembly by-elections. He beat BJP-JJP candidate Gobind Kanda and Congress candidate Pawan Beniwal. With this win, Chautala remains undefeated from this rural Jat-dominated seat since the 2010 by-elections.
The bypoll was necessitated after Abhay Singh Chautala, MLA from Ellenabad and senior leader of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), tendered his resignation to Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Gyan Chand Gupta on January 27, this year. Abhay Singh Chautala had resigned to support the on-going farmers’ agitation.
“My earlier resignation was in support of the farmers’ movement. Even now I will go to the Tikri and Singhu borders and take the blessings of the farmers,” said Chautala post his victory. Accusing the BJP of playing the caste card and trying to “poison” the minds of the electorate, he said: “Our complaints of horse trading were disregarded by the Election Commission and no action was taken against the offenders.” This assembly seat includes 35% Jat voters, a majority of whom are dependent on agriculture.
On October 30, the Ellenabad by-election saw a total turnout of 81.38 Per cent for the high stakes triangular contest between INLD, the BJP and the Congress party. The Ellenabad by-election is crucial for the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) as Ellenabad seat is the lone seat INLD won in the last Vidhan Sabha.
Political experts of Sirsa said that this is a clean win for Abhay Singh Chautala as he has a lot of support from farmers, especially since he tendered his resignation in their support. Experts also said that Abhay Singh Chautala maintained lead from the very first round, Gobind Kanda also received a good number of votes even after major protests by the farmers, but Pawan Beniwal of Congress did not get the blessings of people of Ellenabad.