His ‘Lal’ in Haryana Bypoll Fray, Kuldeep Bishnoi Fights Prestige Battle in Family Bastion Adampur

The poll for the parliamentary elections in Adampur in Haryana will not only be a litmus test for Bhavya Bishnoi, 29, but also a prestige battle for his father Kuldeep Bishnoi.

Aside from fending off any threats to his family stronghold, the senior Bishnoi, a two-time MP, four-time MLA and son of Haryana’s three-time Prime Minister Bhajan Lal, also needs his presence in his new political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The sub-poll for the constituency of the Adampur Assembly will take place on 3 November.

Bhavya’s main rival, not his father’s former party convention, is newcomer, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which could make its mark.

And if history is anything to go by, Bhavya might have an advantage, but the burden of accomplishment cannot be underestimated.

ADAMPUR STANDS FOR THE BHAJAN LAL FAMILY

Adampur stubbornly adheres to the Bhajan Lal family. Even though the family members of politicians like Devi Lal and Bansi Lal tried their luck against them in this gathering segment, they failed.

Bhajan Lal took part in the first parliamentary elections of Adampur in 1968 with a congressional ticket. Bansi Lal became Chief Minister after Congress won the general election of 1968 and Bhajan Lal served as his minister. In 1972 Devi Lal challenged Bhajan Lal of Adampur competing as an independent but lost. There were unsuccessful attempts to expel Bhajan and his son also managed to hold on to the bastion.

“That’s her strength. And what benefits the Bishnois is that they have stood by their constituency. With age on Bhavya’s side, this will also be an excellent opportunity for him to carry on the legacy of his father and grandfather,” said a BJP leader.

BHAVYA CHALLENGES

Bhavya had unsuccessfully campaigned against Hisar in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, losing to the BJP’s Brijendra Singh, a bureaucrat-turned-politician and son of former Union Minister Birender Singh. But party insiders say Bhavya has an edge this time around with his father going full throttle.

The Adampur by-election came about after Bishnoi resigned from the Vidhan Sabha to join the BJP in August after being suspended by Congress for cross-voting in June’s Rajya Sabha elections. Bhavya resigned from Congress along with his father in August.

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