Chandigarh, Oct 16 (IANS) The opposition Congress on Friday pitted former Sonepat Zila Parishad member Induraj Narwal against BJP candidate and Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt for the November 3 Baroda Assembly bypoll in the BJP-ruled Haryana.
The latter was nominated from this segment in 2019, but lost.
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has fielded Joginder Singh Malik from the seat.
The bypoll has been necessitated by the death of three-time Congress legislator Sri Krishan Hooda.
The last date for filing nominations was Friday.
Several Congress candidates, including Jitender Hooda, son of late Sri Krishan Hooda, his wife Gayatri Hooda, Pardeep Sangwan, son of late former BJP MP Krishan Singh Sangwan, were lobbying for the Congress ticket.
Baroda is considered a stronghold of Congress leader and former two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was trying to field BJP turncoat Kapoor Singh Narwala.
Narwal is also considered a Hooda loyalist.
The BJP has fielded wrestler-turned-politician Dutt, who belongs to Bhainswal Kalan in Sonepat district and joined the party in 2019 ahead of the Assembly elections.
He lost his maiden Assembly election to Hooda by a thin margin of around 5,000 votes.
The BJP is trying its luck with the support of its alliance partner Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), a breakaway faction of the INLD.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is confident to wrest the seat from the Congress with the support of the JJP.
INLD candidate Malik is again trying his luck from this seat. In the last Assembly polls, he had managed just 3,145 votes.
Meanwhile, former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar has announced that in case Hooda contested on a Congress ticket and Khattar as the BJP candidate, then he would also contest as an Independent candidate from the seat.