Hooda fights from hospital bed to retain seat for 3rd term
Indisposed Congress candidate Deepender Singh Hooda, son of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, is fighting from his hospital bed to retain his Rohtak seat for a third consecutive term.
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had won this seat in Jat heartland in 1991 and retained it in 1996, 1998 and 2004. He defeated former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal in 1991, 1996 and 1998. However, in 1998 his victory margin was just 386 votes. He resigned the seat in 2005 after assuming the office of Haryana Chief Minister.
In the bypoll in 2005, Hooda Junior contested from this seat and defeated his nearest rival and BJP leader Captain Abhimanyu by a margin of 2,31,958 votes. He retained the seat in 2009 by defeating Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)-BJP candidate Nafe Singh Rathi with a record margin of 4,45,736 votes.
As many as 14 candidates, including Deepender Singh Hooda (Congress), Om Parkash Dhankar (BJP), Shamsher Kharkra (INLD), Navin Jaihind (AAP) and Manoj Kumar (BSP), are trying their luck from the constituency this time.
Deepender Hooda, who is currently undergoing treatment at the AIIMS, Delhi for spinal injury, has not fully recovered yet. In his absence, his parents, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Asha Hooda, besides his wife Shweta, are campaigning for him.
Though Hooda Junior is on the bed, he is reportedly using modern technology in the form of social media to stay in touch with his voter. He is depending on the development done by him in the constituency.
His supporters claim that he had brought many central projects, including AIIMS, IIT, IIM and a dozen of other national institutes to Rohtak which provide employment and education to not only to the residents of the constituency but also to the people of the entire state.
The opponents of Bhupinder Singh Hooda, within his party or outside, allege that the Chief Minister had focussed on development only in Rohtak area and neglected other parts of the state.
(Posted on 06-04-2014)