The ruling BJP in Haryana on Thursday announced party leader and Olympic medalist Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt as its candidate for the by-election to be held in Baroda assembly seat. The statement issued by the party said that wrestler-turned-politician Yogeshwar Dutt will be the party’s candidate for the by-election on November 3 in the Baroda seat of Sonepat. Earlier, the churning of tickets continued throughout the day. Many leaders raced to get tickets, but in the end, the contest was won by former candidate Yogeshwar. Yogeshwar Dutt had been working for the BJP in Baroda for the past one year.
Earlier, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar supported Yogeshwar Dutt to contest from Baroda seat. He said, “A lot of players from Haryana met me today. They have made a demand that one of these Yogeshwar Dutt should be made BJP candidate for the by-election in Baroda assembly seat. We will convey these to the Central Election Committee. “
Dutt, accompanied by various other senior sportspersons from Haryana reached New Delhi Thursday morning and met CM Manohar Lal Khattar. During the meeting, Karnal MP Sanjay Bhatia and Agriculture minister J P Dalal were also present. According to sources, Khattar had assured Dutt that his name was also among the four candidates shortlisted by the state unit of the BJP and the same list was forwarded to the central unit for taking the final call on the party’s nominee for Baroda assembly segment.
Significantly, the by-election is being held on this seat due to the death of Congress MLA Shri Krishna Hooda who won the seat in 2019. In the last assembly election, BJP candidate Yogeshwar Dutt came second. He received 37,726 votes.
The Congress has not yet announced the name of its candidate from this seat. It is noteworthy that BJP has not won this seat till date. The Congress is winning the Baroda Assembly seat for the third consecutive year since 2009. Earlier this seat was reserved, then the INLD had a lot of influence here. There are a total of 67 panchayats in Baroda light with a population of 2 lakh 70 thousand. The first election was held here after the formation of Haryana in 1967. After this, Baroda seat remained reserved from 1967 to 2009.
The Baroda Assembly is considered Jatland. There are a total of 1 lakh 78 thousand 250 voters in this assembly, of which about Jat 90 to 95 thousand, Brahmin 20 thousand, OBC 30 thousand, SC-ST 18 thousand and other 10 thousand voters.
Yogeshwar Dutt has expressed his gratitude to the top leaders of the party through the tweet after being nominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Yogeshwar Dutt wrote, “The top leadership and state leadership, including the respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National President JP Nadda, Chief Minister Manohar Khattar, once again showing confidence in making me a candidate from Baroda Assembly. I will make the party high command and the people of Baroda My heartfelt gratitude and thanks. “