Bishnoi has harmed himself: Ram Bilas

  • Siddhartha Rai, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 29, 2014 12:00 IST

Moments after Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi announced the party’s decision to finally part ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after three years of bonhomie on Thursday in Chandigarh, BJP launched a scathing attack on the former ally, accusing him of having disrespected the alliance.

Speaking at a press conference in Gurgaon, state unit president Ram Bilas Sharma rejected speculations that the split was going to have any adverse impact on the political fortunes of the party in the coming polls.

“Bishnoi has hurt his own self by breaking away from us. He has come under the influence of some corrupt former and current Congressmen. We always wanted him to stay and his decision is unfortunate,” he said.

Asked about how this was going to impact non-Jat politics in the state, given that Bishnoi has always marketed himself as central to the growing anti-Jat sentiment in Haryana politics, Sharma said BJP was an inclusive platform and there was no such division.

“BJP is a national party and there is no such division as Jat and non-Jat leaders. We saw how Jat leaders came out successful in the last Lok Sabha elections,” Sharma said.

While Bishnoi had been alleging that he had been sidelined in the coalition, not having been allowed to meet the party president and not being invited to BJP rallies, Sharma rejected the allegations.

“Just a few days ago he had himself said that he had a successful meeting with Amit Shah. At the Kaithal rally of the PM we had arranged for a special chair for him on the stage,” Sharma said.

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