Hisar: With Hisar getting ready for the Parliamentary by-election, caste equations seem to have overshadowed all other issues. Though the three major candidates are targeting voters in the name of corruption and development, casteism has been the under lying current dominating the election. The election has now become a war of Jats and non-Jats votes.
 
The three major players, competing for the seat left vacant by the two time former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal’s demise, are his son and leader Kuldeep Bishnoi; Ajay Chautala, son of INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala and former Union Minister and Congress leader Jai Prakash Barwala.

The election will be held on October 13 but the city is already abuzz with frequent visits of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Om Prakash Chautala.

While the election will mark the future destiny of Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), the prestige of Haryana government is also at stake along with the fate of Barwala.

The much acclaimed political gamble has forced CM Hooda and his cabinet to camp in Hisar while Om Prakash Chautala has also rooted himself in the city along with Abhay Chautala and grandsons Digvijay and Dushyant Chautala.

Meanwhile, Kuldeep Bishnoi, enjoying the home advantage has been sweating hard to encash the Bhajanlal supporting vote-bank and mark his identity among the non-Jat voters. The regional BJP leaders have been touching up the preparations before the arrival of Sushma Swaraj who will join to lend additional thrust to the election campaign.

Out of the 12, 50,000 votes in Hisar, Jat community has the biggest share of vote-bank at 4.40 lakh. The efforts are being laid on to focus on the remaining 8 lakh voters of which 2.25 lakh dalit votes are most crucial. The votes of Punjabi, Vaishya, Bishnoi, Kumhar are significant and the candidates have been appointed keeping in mind this caste equation in the areas.

(JPN/Bureau)