Hinting at going it alone in the forthcoming assembly elections, the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) has now started targeting the national leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its keenness to violate a "written agreement" on the political alliance.
At the launch of statewide political campaign "Parivartan Rally" in Assandh, about 50 km from Karnal, on Tuesday, the top HJC leadership urged the voters to take revenge if the party was ditched by its political partner.
Former deputy chief minister and senior HJC leader Chander Mohan said the HJC-BJP leaders had signed an agreement under which it was mutually agreed that the HJC would contest on 45 assembly seats and its president Kuldeep Bishnoi would be the chief minister for the first two-and-a-half-year if the alliance is voted to power.
He said all BJP national leaders had publicly reiterated several times that the alliance was firm and the BJP would accept it at any cost.
"I can make the document public for the benefit of the forgetful BJP leaders. It was the active role of the HJC workers that the alliance swept seven of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. But now the BJP leaders are claiming that it was the success of the party alone that they should end the alliance," said Chander Mohan, elder brother the HJC president.
He said the absence of mass leaders in the Haryana BJP was evident from the fact that of seven sitting parliamentarians, five were the core Congressmen who left their party for personal gains.
None of them had any ideological faith in the BJP policies, he said.
HJC president Kuldeep Bishnoi said he wanted to lead the next state government on the promise of good governance and asked the party workers to gear up to contest from all 90 assembly segments, if the political situation impels for it.
In an emotional address, Bishnoi said in the 2009 assembly polls, the voters had shown faith in the policies of the HJC, which was about a year-old front that time but five of the HJC legislators switched their loyalty to the Congress.
"Maine bahut dhokhe khaye hain par is baar phir agar mujhe kisi be dhokha diya to aap logono ko mere liye insaaf karna hoga (I was ditched in the past but if I am ditched again this time, you (voters) have to do justice with me," said Bishnoi, adding that he was a strong votary of corruption-free and a pro-people government.
However, he lauded the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged people to cast their votes to the clean political leadership.
"Former chief minister and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) president Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala are convicted for irregularities in teachers' appointment while the present Congress regime under Bhupinder Singh Hooda has promoted politics based on the caste and region to promote certain sections only. I am for inclusive welfare and equal development," said Bishnoi.
Taking a dig at the BJP, Chander Mohan said leaders with no mass base, including BJP state president Ram Bilas Sharma and its national spokesman Capt Abhimanyu, were among other ambitious leaders to become chief minister for personal gains.
"Sharma has failed to win any election in the last 18 years and Capt Abhimanyu worked against the alliance and these leaders are now eyeing the top post for petty gains. Bishnoi was the first person to speak against Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and undertook several marches to mobilise voters in all 90 segments to promote the policies of the HJC-BJP alliance," he said.