BJP-HJC alliance on the edge ahead of polls
The state Bharatiya Janata Party's chariot, which had been pacing towards Chandigarh ever since the results of Lok Sabha polls were declared, seemed to have suffered a glitch after it failed to convince its three-year-old alliance partner, the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), to compromise on the seat-sharing formula for the assembly elections.chandigarh Updated: Aug 04, 2014 19:02 IST
The state Bharatiya Janata Party's chariot, which had been pacing towards Chandigarh ever since the results of Lok Sabha polls were declared, seemed to have suffered a glitch after it failed to convince its three-year-old alliance partner, the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), to compromise on the seat-sharing formula for the assembly elections.
The BJP had registered victory on seven Lok Sabha seats, while its ally HJC had lost both seats it contested.
According to the latest development, the BJP central leadership, which had conveyed HJC supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi to contest poll under a new seat-sharing formula recently in New Delhi could not evoke a positive response from him.
Sources said instead Bishnoi had remained adamant on continuing the alliance only on old conditions laid by BJP's then top leadership, including Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh in 2011.
On Saturday, Bishnoi had aired his sentiments before his supporters at Meham in Rohtak district by saying that nothing less than half of the total seats would satisfy him for continuing alliance with the BJP.
However, posters and banners carrying the message 'Abki Baar Kuldeep Sarkar' were galore without any mention of the BJP leaders or party's symbol, in the Meham rally.
The communication failure between the leaders of the alliance partners can be gauged from the fact that state BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma in Sonepat on Sunday had asked Bishnoi to rein in his state spokesperson Karambir Saini for delivering 'irresponsible' statements on the alliance.
Leaders of both parties who were touring the state have been exhorting them to be ready for lone fights.
Meanwhile, senior HJC leader and a close aide of Bishnoi, Devi Lal told HT that the party's stand has been clear since beginning that it wanted to contest elections on half of the assembly seats and their alliance partner should desist from making any attempt to scuttle the seat-sharing formula.
A senior leader of the state BJP said their party would not bare the cards regarding the alliance till the HJC takes a final call on the decision to reach a compromise on the new terms for the state polls.