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Will Bhupinder Singh Hooda challenge the BJP's Vijay Rath?

Will Bhupinder Singh Hooda challenge the BJP's Vijay Rath?

If anyone can challenge the Vijay Rath of the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP in the forthcoming assembly of Haryana, then he is the leader of Deswali, Bhupinder Singh Hooda of 72 years.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the Chief Minister of Haryana from 2005 to 2014. During this time Hooda on one hand established himself as the strongest Jat leader of the state. At the same time, he also developed three Jat dominated districts of Rohtak and surrounding areas as his stronghold.

The Jats of Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonipat had such VIP status during Hooda's ten-year rule that they used to get postings of selfishness in government jobs. He used to get preference in every development work. Due to this, the people of the remaining 19 districts of the state were also envious of the Jats of old Rohtak.

The elderly tau of the area give credit to Bhupinder Singh Hooda for the fact that he worked a lot towards making the old and underdeveloped Rohtak a modern city on the lines of Chandigarh. Hooda's efforts greatly improved Rohtak's roads, roadlight and infrastructure.

During the ten-year rule of Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the voters of Old Rohtak got a lot of opportunities in government jobs. He used to get his mind posting as well. And his access to the state government headquarters was also a new experience for the people of Rohtak. And they also made full use of it.

However, before 2005, Hooda's only fame was that he had defeated former Deputy Prime Minister and extremely popular Jat leader Devi Lal three times from Rohtak Lok Sabha seat.

Earlier, the era was such that the chair of the Chief Minister of the state seemed to be the fiefdom of the leaders of Bagri. Devi Lal became the first Chief Minister. Then his son Om Prakash Chautala took the position. Apart from these, if Bhajan Lal and Bansi Lal became the Chief Minister, they were also from Bagri. But, the people of old Rohtak or Deswali belt never got the chance that a leader among them should become the Chief Minister.

As a result, the people of the Rohtak belt of agricultural-dominated Haryana did not get proper rights over the resources of the state.

However, since the formation of Haryana as a separate state, Rohtak was a stronghold of the state's political activities. Big leaders like Devi Lal made Rohtak their karmabhoomi and tasted the fruits of political success. But, the Rohtak voters did not get the benefit.

Rohtak's public urge to reach the corridors of power has been pacified by Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Bhim S. Dahiya, author of the book called 'Power Politics of Haryana', says that the most emphasized in Jat politics of Haryana was that Jats should dominate the politics arena. No party has any importance for Jats. They just want to dominate the state's politics.

As soon as they are challenged by dominance or if any party keeps them below the first position in political status, then they leave that party. Or they break that party itself. However, he never accepts second-class status for a long time.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda is the third generation Congressman in his family. He united the vote bank of Jats. Hooda used the formula of Chief Minister Bhajan Lal to appease everyone before uniting non-Jat votes for this.

Journey from Waikil to become a political hero

Senior Congress leader Subhash Batra has been a former Congress MLA from Rohtak. He was also the Home Minister in the Bhajan Lal government of 1991. Batra, recalling the old days, says that before 1991, Bhupinder Singh Hooda used to advocate in the district court of Rohtak.

Batra says that at that time, Hooda used to play cards in the Model Town area of ​​Rohtak along with all his childhood friends (among whom his relatives were all non-Jats except Chander Sen Dahiya). This place was close to Hooda's ancestral home. During this time there were also political discussions on tea.

This experience of Hooda was very useful when he defeated Chaudhary Devi Lal in the election ground. Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the first choice of urban voters. Whereas the rural voters preferred Devi Lal.

Subhash Batra says that before 1991, Bhupinder Singh Hooda lost from the Kiloi assembly seat. Even his elder brother Captain Pratap Singh and father Ranbir Singh could not win elections from their home region.

After continuously losing Congress ticket from Kiloi seat, there was a discussion in the political corridors that since Ranbir Singh has strong penetration in the Congress headquarters. Because of this, his family gets a ticket even after repeated defeats.

Hooda was his 'Bhupi' for the people of Rohtak in the 1980s, as he was very polite. He used to drive his father, Ranbir Singh. Ranbir Singh was a minister in the United Punjab government. Apart from this, he also had access to the corridors of power in Delhi.

Recalling those days, Subhash Batra says, 'Ranbir Singh introduced me to his son Bhupi's lawyer. Ranbir Singh took me in his Fiat car. Then Bhupinder Singh Hooda was driving the car and his father was sitting in the back seat. Then Ranbir Singh introduced me to Hooda.

Batra says that Ranbir Singh used to say that his son Bhupi is very straightforward. But if he is determined once, then it is very difficult to stop him.

Batra says, "I still see his father's words coming true in Hooda's case." Because Hooda repeatedly gave tickets to many of his friends who could not win the election. Bhupi was willing to give up instead of cheating his friends. Because they are friends of friends and know how to maintain relationships. ''

A round to become a political game changer from a losing leader

It is a matter of time when Bhupi alias Bhupinder Singh Hooda was trying hard to reach the assembly from Kiloi seat. At that time, Hooda was not interested in the Lok Sabha elections. But, he was persuaded by his cousin Chaudhary Virendra Singh to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Chaudhary Virendra was the chairman of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee at that time. At his behest, Bhupinder Singh Hooda agreed to contest the Lok Sabha election from Rohtak against Chaudhary Devi Lal.

This bold decision to take the field against the powerful Baghri leader Chaudhary Devi Lal changed the life of Bhupinder Hooda. In the election campaign, Hooda fought against the issue of murder in Rohtak's Meham.

There was another reason for Rohtak voters not to vote for Devi Lal. And that was that in 1989, Devilal had also contested from Sikar seat of Rajasthan besides Rohtak. After winning both the seats, Devilal chose Sikar instead of Rohtak seat in Haryana and resigned from Rohtak.

At that time, people of Rohtak's rural areas used to worship Devi Lal. But, he felt betrayed by this step of Devi Lal. At that time, Hooda had made a good mark in the urban areas. Hooda fiercely took political advantage of the resentment of the people from Devi Lal.

Like 1991, Bhupinder Hooda defeated Devi Lal in the 1996 and 1998 Lok Sabha elections. However, there was a very small margin of victory and defeat. However, by defeating a strong and very popular leader like Devi Lal three times in a row, Bhupinder Singh Hooda's image became that of a leader who could fulfill the old dream of Rohtak. And that dream was to rule Haryana.

In the 1999 Lok Sabha election, Hooda was defeated by Captain Inder Singh of the Indian National Lok Dal. Inder Singh gave it a revenge for defeating Chief Minister OP Chautala's father Chaudhary Devi Lal. Captain Inder Singh said that only in 1991 Bhupinder Hooda's victory over Devi Lal was real. Because, Hooda defeated Devilal by only 2266 votes in 1996 and only 383 votes in 1998.

Captain Inder Singh had alleged that Hooda got this victory by rigging.

Inder Singh alleged that the chief ministers of that time, first Bansi Lal and then Bhajanlal, used their power in favor of Hooda to defeat Devi Lal.

When Bhajanlal was defeated in his own political game

When Bhupinder Singh Hooda won the Lok Sabha elections once again in 2004, it was Bhajan Lal, the Chief Minister of Haryana at that time. He did not even dream that Bhupinder Singh Hooda would become a political threat to him and would beat Bhajanlal in his own political game.

After defeating Chaudhary Devi Lal three times in the Lok Sabha elections, Bhupinder Singh Hooda was so confident that he had now reached the position of challenging Bhajan Lal, who claimed to have a PhD in Haryana politics.

Now Bhupinder Hooda started loudly advocating Deswali Chaudhary to become the Chief Minister. Satish Tyagi, who wrote a book titled 'Politics of Chaudhar', says that Bhupinder Singh Hooda had mastered 'drawing room politics'. Being a Member of Parliament, he also understood the Congress culture of Delhi very well.

Like the old Congress veterans, Bhupinder Singh Hooda used to stay up late in the night and meet people. In this way he had won the hearts of close leaders of the Gandhi family. Hooda used to tell the people of Rohtak that he would reach Delhi, Chandigarh, that is, he would become the Chief Minister.

At that time, Bhajanlal had become angry with Sonia Gandhi by becoming the helper of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao. At the same time, Bhupinder Singh Hooda acquired the grace of Sonia Gandhi with the help of leaders like Ahmed Patel and Motilal Vora.

When the Congress came to power by winning a majority of 67 seats in the 2005 assembly elections, most of the MLAs supported making Bhajan Lal the chief minister. Sonia Gandhi sent a team of observers from Delhi to Chandigarh. These observers talked to the MLAs and agreed with them that this time the Chief Minister will decide the high command.

Tyagi says that then Sonia Gandhi's confidant Janardan Dwivedi knew very well that most of the MLAs were in favor of making Bhajan Lal the Chief Minister. But, he privately got every MLA to write his choice for the post of Chief Minister on paper. And in the end, who will become the CM, the MLA leave this decision to Sonia Gandhi.

It was the coldest morning of March 4. Bhajan Lal was standing at his residence in Delhi with his supporting MLAs and was waiting for Sonia Gandhi to announce her name for the post of CM. But, by 4 o'clock in the evening, his dream was shattered. The name of Bhupinder Singh Hooda was announced that evening as the new CM of Haryana.

Now MLAs had no choice but to accept Hooda as CM. When it became clear to him that Hooda was the choice of Sonia Gandhi, the MLA slowly moved from Bhajan Lal's residence.

Secret of a decade and rise of Deepender

The celebration of Bhupinder Hooda becoming the Chief Minister was celebrated with great pomp throughout Rohtak. Grand victory processions were taken out on the streets. Especially the people of Kiloi assembly constituency had become crazy.

BJP leader Virender Singh Chauhan was a journalist of a national Hindi newspaper at that time. Chauhan says that the day Hooda was sworn in, he was passing through Hooda's stronghold. Just then, a man riding a bike casually blocked his path. When Chauhan asked him to move out of the way, he threatened him, stating his sub-name.

Chauhan says that the man said, 'I am the hoodie of Sanghi. Do not get into trouble with me or else I will tell you about it. That is, he was openly representing his liaison with the new Chief Minister of the state.

After becoming the Chief Minister, Bhupinder Hooda recalled his son Deepender Hooda from abroad. At that time Deepender was working in America. Deepender was given a ticket from the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat. Due to the political power of the Chief Minister father, Deepender Hooda won the Rohtak seat with record votes.

As Bhupinder Hooda entered the corridors of power, the two popular populists Raghubir Kadian and Anand Singh became the right and left hands of Dangi Hooda.

Legendary Congress leaders like Haryana's Chaudhary Virendra Singh, Kumari Selja, entrepreneur Marhoom OP Jindal, who had supported Hooda to become the Chief Minister, were gradually marginalized or had to leave the party due to Hooda's opposition.

Hooda did the first thing that he started to meet the ground workers directly. Earlier, these workers had to seek the help of legislators to reach the Chief Minister.

Because of this, Bhupinder Hooda became a popular public figure, who belonged to the old Rohtak. Earlier, the Jat leaders of Rohtak were notorious for their standing bidding foolishness.

Now, in every rally and every meeting, slogans of Hooda's name were started. The result was that leaders like Vinod Sharma who once used to be part of Hooda's kitchen cabinet were also left behind.

Similarly, Ahir leader of Congress, Rao Inderjit Singh and Bangar leader Birendra Singh, who once supported Hooda, joined BJP before the 2014 elections by accusing them of discrimination with Congress.

Even though the old Congress leaders were leaving the party. However, here Hooda had created a new army of his loyal MLAs and he used to ensure that his trusted MLAs get tickets from Rohtak area.

During this time, support from non-Jat communities for Hooda began to decline. There were two reasons for this. These non-Jat leaders felt that they were discriminated against. Then, when the development of other parts of Haryana was compared to the old Rohtak, then there was also a clear distinction in it.

Ultimately, the situation became such that the Congress lost the Rohtak assembly seat in 2014.

A senior Congress leader close to Hooda told the BBC that the mob's mobilization in support of Bhupinder Hooda was now being diverted towards Deepender Hooda as a political strategy. He says that, "When people used to appeal to Bhupinder Hooda to do development work, he did not pay much attention to it." At the same time, Deepender Hooda not only listened to the applications of the people, but used to get their work done. Deepender is very polite and comfortable.

Soon, young and inexperienced Deepender was called senior Congress leader Bhai Sahab or MP Saheb.

Pawan Bansal, a senior journalist and author of a book called 'Lalo Ke Sabrang Kisse of Haryana', says that the experience of working with the Chief Ministers of Haryana was very bitter before Bhupinder Hooda. But due to his humility and naturalness, Deepu aka Deepender was popular for everyone.

How did BJP defeat Hooda in his stronghold?

In 2014, the BJP defeated the Congress by taking advantage of Modi's rise at the Center and regional discrimination in Haryana. But, instead of celebrating this victory, the party continued its efforts to take advantage of the non-Jat's resentment.

Its first example was seen when the BJP gave the command of Haryana to Manohar Lal Khattar, the ideologue and non-Jat leader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

This raises hope among the non-Jat people of Haryana who are feeling discriminated against. One reason for this was that Manohar Lal's involvement was impeccable and he also had direct access to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The funny thing is that this formula of social engineering of BJP and Manohar Lal has never failed in Haryana. Because since 2014, BJP has not lost any election in Haryana.

First, the BJP did a clean sweep in the municipal elections. After this, in 2019, the party won all the Lok Sabha seats of Haryana. Bhupinder Hooda and his son Deepender Hooda also lost their respective bastions i.e. Rohtak and Sonipat.

The pressure was on the BJP to give a transparent and corruption-free government.

Satish Tyagi, author of the book 'Politics of Chaudhar', says that despite being a strong Jat leader, the Congress high command was no longer giving him preference. Ashok Tanwar's entry as Haryana Pradesh Congress President split the Haryana Congress. Internal fighting intensified in the party.

When the BJP was strengthening its base and vote bank in Haryana, the Congress was divided into several factions. Hooda, Tanwar, Surjewala and Kiran were all close to the Gandhi family.

The Jat reservation movement without the leadership of February 2016 was the center of Rohtak. More than 30 people were killed during this movement. While a large number of people were also injured. Due to this also the number of Hooda's supporters decreased.

The people of Rohtak, especially the residents of the urban areas, felt that Hooda and his sons were not with him at the time of his trouble. He was not ready to forgive Bhupinder Hooda and his MP son Deepender for this. Hooda stayed in Delhi during the entire Jat movement.

An FIR was lodged against Hooda's political adviser Professor Virender Singh after a video clip of inciting people for the Jat movement went viral. This also allowed the BJP to encircle Hooda.

Asha Hooda, wife of Bhupinder Hooda, told us that he had left for Rohtak as soon as the violent situation in Rohtak was reported. But, the government stopped them on the border of Haryana and Delhi Delhi and did not allow them to enter the state. Asha says that the Hooda family regrets that they were not in Rohtak at that difficult time. However, his family was helpless.

Angry voters from Hooda took their anger out on the Congress in local body elections. After this, Deepender Hooda lost the elections from BJP candidate Arvind Sharma from Rohtak Lok Sabha seat in 2019.

Brahmin leader Arvind Sharma is an old friend of Hooda. He was included in the party by the BJP with the intention of defeating Deepender.

One effect of the Jat reservation movement was that non-Jat voters mobilized more strongly in favor of the BJP. The result of this is that the gap of BJP's victory has increased much earlier.

Hooda's legal issues

During the last few weeks, Bhupinder Singh Hooda may have managed to show the solidarity face of the Congress party to the world before the election by silencing the internal fighting of the party. However, their troubles have not ended. After the formation of the BJP government at the Center and the state, four nominated FIRs have been registered against them.

The allegations against Hooda may stop his path to become the Chief Minister of Haryana again. The current Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said this many times from public platform that Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be behind bars.

In January 2018, the CBI started a preliminary inquiry against him. This inquiry was ordered by the Supreme Court on 1 November 2017. The case was related to the Hooda government's decision to acquire 1417 acres of land in Gurugram. Because out of this only 87 acres of land was finally taken over by the government.

The land that was acquired was illegally abandoned, it extends from Sector 58 to 63 and 67 of Gurugram. According to preliminary investigation, Hooda and his government officials had left the land illegally after the acquisition.

It is also alleged by the investigating agency that the license builders for the development of these lands were obtained illegally with the help of the Hooda government. Haryana Police had also registered an FIR against Hooda and Robert Vadra for illegal work in land deals.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also questioned by the Enforcement Directorate. This case was related to another land deal, about which the ED had registered a case. In this case, Hooda's statement was recorded under the PMLA i.e. Prevention of Money Laundering Act. In fact, this case is related to illegal allocation and illegal money laundering by the Hooda government to the National Herald newspaper's parent company Associate Journal Limited, C-17 in Sector 6, Panchkula.

The Financial Investigation Agency Enforcement Directorate has alleged that Hooda brought benefits to AJL, which was unlawful. The ED alleges that the Hooda government extended the time to AJL to complete the construction work from May 2008 to May 2012. And finally gave the Associate Journal Limited time till 2014 to complete the construction work.

Road ahead

It is said about Bhupinder Singh Hooda that he is a rich politician of luck, who suddenly became the Chief Minister even without being in the race. Then he ruled Haryana with great success and kept the rebels under control.

But, excited about the BJP, this time this time, it is contesting the Haryana Legislative Assembly elections with 75 slogans. And the party intends to wipe out the remaining opposition.

It is clear from the results of the recent Lok Sabha elections that Jat voters have accepted the BJP. Hooda's troubles have increased with many Jat leaders joining the BJP.

At the same time, after the Chautala Khanan split, the political power of the Indian National Lok Dal - the political power has also ended. Today, the INLD and its rival JJP are considered very weak politically.

In recent years, voters have given decisive votes to the parties. In such a situation, it will not be easy for Hooda to win more than half the seats required to form a government.

In the Lok Sabha elections, Hooda lost to his political strongholds Rohtak and Sonipat. This destroyed his image of being an invincible leader. Now only time can tell which magic tricks Hooda uses to win the hearts of the voters of Haryana.

But, it can be said with certainty that Hooda has reached the ground politically in 2019 after staying on the pinnacle of politics for almost a decade. Now the first leader of Deswali to become the winner again in this election, decide the journey of piles from the floor or will fly in saffron storm, it will be decided on October 24.

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