After his ignominious defeat in Hisar Lok Sabha constituency, Kuldeep Bishnoi, son of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, has resigned as president of the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) while his wife Renuka Bishnoi quit as an MLA.
Bishnoi, who was seeking re-election fom Hisar constituency, was defeated by Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate Dushyant Chautala, grandson of party supremo Om Prakash Chautala and son of Ajay Singh Chautala, both of whom are currently lodged in Tihar Jail after their conviction in the JBT recruitment scam.
While Kuldeep Bishnoi conveyed his decision to resign to the party leadership, Renuka announced her move to quit in an "open letter to the people of Haryana".
In the letter, she said, "I am deeply hurt by the defeat of my husband Kuldip Bishnoi who had been struggling for the welfare of people but people have chosen the corrupt leaders. My husband was injured in the police lathicharge when he raised his voice for the poor people. He went from door to door to share the difficulties and grief of the people. He declined the offer to the posts of deputy chief minister and union minister to fight for the cause of the people".
She said, "Despite these sacrifices, people betrayed us and sided with the corrupt. There remains no meaning in struggling for the just cause and therefore, I resign from the membership of Haryana assembly".
Meanwhile, the second HJC candidate Sushil Indora also lost in Sirsa to the INLD nominee Charanjeet Singh Rori, the home turf of Chautalas.
HJC general secretary Hemant Batra said, "Kuldeep and Renuka were fighting a political battle for the sake of Haryana's people, without having any personal ambitions. They have officially conveyed their decision to resign to the party leadership. Any further decision in this regard would be taken after a meeting of the party office bearers soon".
Bishnoi's HJC contested the parliamentary polls in Haryana in alliance with the BJP. The two parties had also reached an understanding to jointly contest the state assembly elections due in October this year and Bishnoi was being projected as the chief ministerial candidate of the alliance.