nThree nominations were filed on Friday from the Gurugram Lok Sabha seat, taking the total number to eight till now. Member of Parliament and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from the Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, Rao Inderjit Singh filed his nomination papers after holding a public rally on the Mehrauli-Gurugram road.
He was accompanied by party leader Umesh Aggarwal, Dr Banwari Lal and Sachin Kumar who also filed their nominations as covering candidates.
The other two nominations were filed by Praveen Kumar from Bhartiya Jansangh Party and 48-year-old Kusheshwar Bhagat as an independent candidate.
Earlier in the morning before going to the district election office to submit the papers, Rao addressed a gathering of party workers and supporters at Vyapar Sadan on the Mehrauli-Gurugram road. Singh has won the Gurugram Lok Sabha seat four times and is a Union minister of state in the present BJP government at the Centre.
A number of BJP leaders and workers from Gurugram, Rewari and Mewat were present at the rally.
While addressing the gathering, Singh accused the Congress of practising politics of communalism and casteism. He said the party is working to ensure a bigger margin of victory.
“The election campaign has been started and the morale of the party leaders and workers is quite high. This election would be fought on issues of development and infrastructure growth in Gurugram and south Haryana,” said Singh.
“A major development work and Transparent recruitment have been witnessed under the BJP?rule and several infrastructure projects that were stuck have been approved by our government. Resident of Gurugram are also enjoying the ridership of city bus services. Kundli-Manesar-Palwal super expressway begins under the BJP rule,” he added.
“Construction work on the Mumbai-Delhi Highway has also started.
Underpasses at Hero Honda Chowk, Signature Tower, Rajiv Chowk and Iffco Chowk were constructed by the current government. Shifting of the Kherki Daula toll plaza is also under process and Dwarka Express has also been completed.”
Around 20.34 lakh voters will decide the fate of candidates in the General Elections for the Gurugram seat, which covers three districts - Gurugram, Mewat and Rewari. The number of voters has increased from 18.43 lakh in 2014.
In 2014, Rao Inderjit had got 6.44 lakh votes, with the INLD candidate, who came second, getting 3.70 lakh votes.
“The difference was so bit it will be very difficult for other parties to even come close,” said a BJP leader.