BJP picks TikTok star for key Hry poll fight

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Adampur: It is BJP’s glam­our chal­lenge to Congress can­di­date Kuldeep Bish­noi, son three-time CM, late Bha­jan Lal, in the Jat­dom­i­nated Adampur seat. BJP has pit­ted small screen ac­tress and green­horn ac­tivist Son­ali Phogat against sit­ting leg­is­la­tor Bish­noi.

In new vi­ral videos, Son­ali is seen per­form­ing siz­zling dance num­bers on catchy tunes. She posted the videos on so­cial me­dia app Tik Tok. The pol­i­tics of Adampur, mainly in the assem­bly polls, is dom­i­nated by the Bish­noi fam­ily. The con­stituency is largely lo­cated along the Haryana-Ra­jasthan bor­der.

Bha­jan Lal won this seat in 2000 and 2005 and be

came the CM. Start­ing in 1969 when he first won the Adampur seat, Bha­jan Lal won the seat eight times. His wife Jasma Devi and son Bish­noi won the seat once each in 1987 and 1998.

Bish­noi, whose ho­tel worth Rs 150 crore in Gur­gaon has been at­tached by the In­come-Tax depart­ment, is the MLA from Adampur, while his wife Renuka Bish­noi rep­re­sents the Hansi seat in the state Assem­bly.

Their son had un­suc­cess­fully con­tested the Lok Sabha elec­tions as a Congress can­di­date. Elec­tions to the 90-mem­ber Haryana Assem­bly will be held on Oc­to­ber 21 and re­sults will be de­clared on Oc­to­ber 24. Bareilly: Firoz Khan, a dis­trict unit pres­i­dent of Sa­ma­jwadi Party, should be nom­i­nated for the Academy Awards. At least, that’s what so­cial me­dia thinks. In a vi­ral video, the SP neta could be seen wail­ing pro­fusely in front of a Ma­hatma Gandhi statue in Samb­hal, cry­ing out loud, “Desh azad karakar Bapu ka­han chale gaye aap (Where did you go Bapu af­ter free­ing our na­tion?).”

Khan’s road­side per­for­mance on the oc­ca­sion of Gandhi Jayanti be­came an in­stant sub­ject of ridicule, with a BJP leader re­mind­ing him that it “was not a death an­niver­sary but the birth an­niver­sary of Gand­hiji”. Khan, how­ever, said that he was “deeply sad­dened” to see the Ma­hatma’s statue gath­er­ing dust.

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