New Delhi: The BJP’s sitting member of Parliament Rao Inderjit Singh is contesting from the Gurgaon Lok Sabha constituency to retain his stronghold on the seat.

Singh is contesting against Ajay Singh Yadav of the Congress, Mehmood Khan of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), Virender Rana of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Rais Ahmad of Bahujan Samaj Party. Twenty-four candidates are in the fray for the Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat this year.

The Lok Sabha elections in Haryana see a tough contest as five major contenders fight for dominance namely the BJP, the Congress, the INLD, the alliance between the AAP and the JJP and the alliance between the BSP and the Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP).

In the 2014 general elections, Singh of the BJP defeated Zakir Hussain of the INLD with a margin of 20.8% or 2,74,722 votes. Singh attained his fourth Lok Sabha term with the win.

Singh was initially with the Congress. He served the erstwhile Mahendragarh Lok Sabha constituency in 1998 and from 2004 to 2009 as a Congress candidate. He also served in the Lok Sabha from the Gurgaon constituency whilst in the Congress. He resigned from the party in 2013 and was fielded by the BJP as its candidate for the Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat which he retained. He is looking for a fifth term in the lower house of Parliament.