Uneasiness was palpable in the Haryana Janhit Congress camp, which asked the BJP to clear the air on alliance for the upcoming assembly polls after BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said in Delhi that his party workers should focus on ensuring victory in Haryana on its own.
HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi on Saturday said the BJP should make its stance on the issue clear “very soon” and declared that his party was competent to contest on all the 90 seats.
“BJP is doing injustice with us. On a number of occasions, our leaders met the BJP leaders. They had given time till Saturday to respond on various issues that includes formally announcing the number of seats each partner is going to contest, but that has not been done so far,” Bishnoi told reporters in Rohtak.
The former MP said, “We have not got any response from them so far. Despite this, we are sticking to the coalition dharma. But if they continue like this, we will sit and discuss future strategy.”
On possibility of a tie-up with the BSP, he said, “So far, I have not met any BSP leader.”
After his elevation as party president in Delhi, Shah said about Haryana, “There is a need to change the government in the state. We should see that the BJP alone gets the majority,” he said, adding any possibility of alliance would be seen later.
When reporters questioned Bishnoi about Shah’s statement, he said, “So far, we have learnt about it through the media. Nobody has said anything to us on the alliance issue.”
Cracks had surfaced in the BJP-HJC alliance in Haryana after the Lok Sabha polls, with demands from certain sections in BJP’s state unit to either rework the tie-up or go it alone in the assembly elections.
While the HJC, led by Bishnoi, younger son of former chief minister late Bhajan Lal, has been asserting that they were “committed to be in alliance” with the BJP on the earlier agreed upon conditions. As per the condition, both the partners would contest on 45 seats each and Bishnoi would be the chief minister for the first two-and-a-half years, if alliance is voted to power.
A section of BJP leaders from Haryana have pointed out to the party high command that Bishnoi has failed to retain his Lok Sabha seat from Hisar in 2014 while another of his party candidate had lost from Sirsa parliamentary constituency and projecting him as the chief ministerial candidate would not be a wise decision.