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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Baroda bypoll an opportunity: Dhankar

Chandigarh, July 21

Newly appointed state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Om Prakash Dhankar today said the Baroda byelection was a challenge for the Congress and an opportunity for his party.

He said this after a meeting of the BJP Legislature Party, called by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, to welcome the new state unit chief. Addressing the media after the meeting, Dhankar said the Congress was faced with the challenge of retaining the seat.

"We trailed the Congress by 6,000 votes from the Baroda seat in the Assembly elections. It is up to former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to retain the seat after the byelection. However, the public has made up its mind and it no longer believes in the Congress and its promises. I toured the segment and found that it was in a bad shape. The public will vote for us from whatever I have felt," he said.

Taking a dig at the Congress, he said the goings-on in the Congress were no secret and the party was breaking up. "Its leaders are looking for options everywhere. In such a situation, winning the election is a big challenge for the Congress while we have an opportunity to win the seat," he said.

Meanwhile, Dhankar would officially take over the reins at a function in Rohtak on July 23. A number of Central and state leaders were likely to attend the event. — TNS


In the interview of newly appointed Haryana BJP chief Om Prakash Dhankar, published in these columns on Tuesday, late Baroda MLA Shri Krishan Hooda was inadvertently referred to as Krishan Murti Hooda. The error is regretted.

from The Tribune

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