Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday said that Haryana's Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's stunt of riding a bicycle on the polling day was a mere 'jumla'. Hooda was addressing the media after casting his vote in Rohtak.
Taking a jibe at the CM Khattar, Hooda said, "For 5 years he did not ride on anything else other than a helicopter, all these acts on the polling day are just jumlas."
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister candidate, Bhupinder Singh Hooda put to display his callous behaviour by breaking the queue to cast his vote. In a blatant display of the VVIP culture, Hooda could be seen pushing women and elderly people aside to make his way to the polling booth.
Khattar had reached the polling booth in Karnal to cast his vote on a bicycle in order to promote an eco-friendly mode of transport. He earlier took a train to reach Karnal from Chandigarh. He then took an e-rickshaw to reach his office and then a bicycle to the polling booth. Khattar is contesting from Karnal assembly constituency on a BJP ticket.
Polling for 90 seats in Haryana began at 7 am on Monday and will continue till 6 pm in the evening. The electoral fate of 1169 candidates will be sealed in EVMs by the voters who will exercise their democratic franchise in the assembly elections.
In Haryana, 19,578 polling stations have been set up for citizens to cast their votes. The assembly polls will witness a contest among BJP, Congress, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the recently formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP). Votes will be counted on October 24. In 2014 elections, BJP had won 47 seats and formed the government on its own strength while the Congress managed just 15 seats. The INLD finished second with 19 seats.
(with ANI inputs)