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Randeep Hooda likely to contest Lok Sabha Polls as BJP candidate from Rohtak: Sources

Randeep Hooda, known for his acclaimed performances in various Bollywood films, is reportedly exploring the possibility of joining the political arena under the BJP's banner.

Reported By : Puneet Pareenja Edited By : Nitin Kumar
New Delhi
Updated on: March 06, 2024 21:05 IST
Randeep Hooda
Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO Randeep Hooda, with wife and actor Lin Laishram, takes a selfie during the Pran Pratishtha of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Sources close to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have hinted at actor Randeep Hooda's potential candidacy in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Rohtak constituency. According to insiders within the BJP, there is growing speculation that actor Randeep Hooda is contemplating a foray into politics by contesting in the Lok Sabha elections. The Rohtak constituency, located in the state of Haryana, is purportedly being considered as his potential electoral battleground.

Rohtak seat under BJP's control

Currently, the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat is held by the BJP. Arvind Sharma is the Member of Parliament from here at present. In 2019, he defeated Congress' Deepender Hooda for the first time, securing over 47% of the votes. Arvind Sharma received a total of 573,845 votes.

Rohtak, Bhupinder Hooda's stronghold

Rohtak, Haryana's district, is the stronghold of former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda. This seat is considered to be dominated by the Jat community. Prior to 2019, the Rohtak seat was held by Congress. Both Deepender Hooda and Bhupinder Hooda have represented this seat in the Lok Sabha. This time too, Congress may nominate Deepender Hooda as its candidate from Rohtak, with considerable expectations from the constituency.

BJP dominance across all 10 seats in Haryana

Currently, Haryana is governed by a coalition government of BJP and JJP. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP succeeded in winning all 10 seats in Haryana. While Congress won the Rohtak seat in the 2014 elections, it failed to retain it in 2019. BJP will strive to win this seat again as its impact will be reflected in the assembly elections as well. Winning this seat will be an attempt by BJP to convey to the public that the Hooda stronghold cannot be retained.

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