Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) president Kuldeep Bishnoi will be facing seven other namesakes during the April 10 polling for the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency in Haryana.
Besides Kuldeep, who is the sitting MP, there are seven other persons by the name of Kuldeep who were left in the fray at the close of deadline of withdrawal of nomination papers at Hisar on Wednesday.
Kuldeep will be facing a total of 41 candidates. One Kuldeep has been put up by Bhartiya Mukti Party while the other six Kuldeeps are Independents. During the by-election to the Hisar Lok Sabha seat in 2011 Kuldeep had faced four other namesakes.
The total number of opponents has also increased by one this time as he will be facing 40 others against 39 about three years back. In all 41 candidates were left in the fray for the Hisar Lok Sabha seat after three candidates - Chander Prakash (Sarvjan Samaj Party), Raj Kamal and Surender (both Independents) - withdrew their nomination, District Returning Officer M L Kaushik said.
The other main opponents of Kuldeep Bishnoi now include Dushyant Chautala (INLD), grandson of party Chief Om Parkash Chautala, Sampat Singh (INC), Phool Singh (CPM), Mange Ram (BSP) and a former IAS officer Yudhvir Singh Khyalia (AAP).
In 2011, Kuldeep had defeated his nearest rival and Dushyant's father Ajay Chautala, who is presently lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with the JBT Teachers' scam, by 6,335 votes.