New Delhi, Oct 24: Every election leaves victors and vanquished. But in Haryana - ironically the original homeland of Aya Ram-Gaya Ram politics - the six Independent candidates may have the last laugh this Diwali season.
While five others are leading in their respective constituencies; rebel BJP leader and Independent legislator Nayan Pal Rawat from Prithla had reasons to smile about his newly acclaimed glories. He won the seat by defeating nearest Congress rival Raghuvir Tewatia by a margin of 16429 votes. In 2014, the seat was won by BSP nominee.
The fractured mandate in Haryana - which has made BJP single largest party - perhaps the festive season linked to prosperity and merry making may now bring glories and good times to Rawat and five others Balraj Kundu from Meham, Randhir Singh Gollen from Pundri, Gokul Setia from Sirsa, Ranjit Singh from Rania and Rakesh Daultabad from Badshapur assembly constituencies.
Of course, the prospect of their reaping the harvest of 'political luck' would come to a naught if Dushyant Chautala-JJP - which may bag at least 10 seats - decides to back BJP, which is likely to win 38 seats in the 90-member assembly. JJP has already won five and is leading in five others. But Mr Chautala said, "the mandate in Haryana is for change".
Asserting that the mandate in the Haryana assembly elections was clearly against the BJP, former state chief minister and Congress stalwart Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepender Singh Hooda said all other parties and Independents should unite against the saffron party, BJP and come together to form a strong government in the State. (UNI)