October 22: On Monday, the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala along with his family arrived at the polling station on a tractor. It was reported that he drove the tractor on the way to vote and was surrounded by several party workers. The voting for the Assembly elections in Haryana has already been underway since morning. While BJP is attempting to win a second term with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at the helm, JJP is poised to play a small yet significant role in the election.
The Election Commission of India announced the state Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, along with bypolls in several other states. The total strength of the Haryana Assembly is 90, out of which 17 seats have been reserved for the SC category. According to the Republic- Jan Ki Baat Opinion Poll, it has been projected that BJP will surpass its 2014 performance of 47 seats. It can get anywhere between 58 to 70 seats. JJP can receive a vote share of 25.6%, gaining nearly 5 to 8 seats in the process.
The Chautala family has been a prominent force in Haryana for many decades. In the present election, 5 members of the clan are in the poll fray from different parties. While Devi Lal’s grandson Aditya Devi Lal is contesting the election on a BJP ticket from Rania, Ranjit Singh- Devi Lal’s son is fighting the polls as an Independent from the same seat. Another grandson Abhay Singh Chautala is in contention from Ellenabad on the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) ticket. On the other hand, JJP has fielded candidates in all 90 seats with Dushyant Chautala and his relative Naina Chautala seeking to win from the Uchana Kalan and Badhra constituencies respectively.