Kuldeep Bishnoi, Hisar MP and son of former Haryana chief minister, late Bhajan Lal, on Wednesday ruled out his return to the Congress saying his focus was on ensuring that Narendra Modi occupied the Prime Minister's post after the next year's elections.
Bishnoi said the Congress had twice approached him during the last four years with offers for plum posts, but he turned them down, since his family and supporters favoured an alliance with the BJP.
"There is no question of returning to the Congress in my lifetime. I have been offered the posts of the deputy chief minister and cabinet minister at the Centre since 2009, which I declined," Bishnoi said.
Bishnoi, a two-time MP and younger son of late Bhajan Lal, said his party - Haryana Janhit Congress according to the existing alliance, would allow the BJP to contest eight of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana.
"Corruption will be our main election plank in Haryana. The state Congress government has a lot to answer about the illegal land deals which has hugely benefited outsiders, including the top leaders of the ruling party and their relatives," he said.
Bishnoi dismissed reports of a grand alliance between his party, the BJP and Om Prakash Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal, to ensure one-to-one fight against the Congress.
"How can we align with the party whose leaders have been convicted in a corruption case and sentenced to 10 years in jail? Joining hands with the party whose top leadership stands disqualified from contesting elections cannot even be imagined," Bishnoi said.
He will begin a tour of the state soon to identify issues apart from corruption, which will be the main issues for the HJC-BJP alliance during the general elections.