The possibility of a tripartite mega alliance being forged between Kuldeep Bishnoi's Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), Venod Sharma's Haryana Jan Chetna Party (HJCP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for the Haryana assembly polls petered out on Monday with the HJC-HJCP announcing sharing of seats in 65:25 ratio.
The BSP also went ahead on Monday to declare 11 more candidates raising its tally of declared candidates to 44. HJCP leaders confirmed the seat-sharing arrangement with Bishnoi's outfit. The petering out of the mega tie-up would have come as a sigh of relief for both the Congress and the BJP who could have been electorally affected by the grand coalition.
The likelihood of a mega alliance between the trio had gained ground a few days back when Bishnoi and Venod Sharma responded positively to an assertion of Haryana BSP chief and former Congress MP, Arvind Sharma saying Dalits, backward classes and Brahmins should each be given 20% representation in ticket distribution. The response was seen as a move to reach out to BSP for forging a 'maha' alliance.
However, it did not come through for different political reasons. One of the reasons was that since Bishnoi had projected himself as a chief ministerial candidate for the HJC-HJCP coalition, the role of BSPs chief ministerial candidate Arvind Sharma, whom BSP supremo Mayawati had declared as candidate for the top post, would have got marginalised.
Sources said Mayawati was also reluctant to enter into an alliance as the BSP is looking to increase its vote percentage in the state. The BSP is in danger of losing its status of a national party and must remain a recognised political party in at least four states to retain that status.
As per the Election Commission, a political party shall be treated as a recognised political party in a state if the total number of valid votes polled by all its contesting candidates in the assembly or Parliament is not less than 6% of the total number of valid votes polled by all the contesting candidates. It should also have remain engaged in political activity continuously for five years and returned at least one MLA for every 30 members of the legislative assembly in the election.
Meanwhile, state BSP president Naresh Saran on Monday denied that any negotiation took place for an alliance with any party. "BSP president Mayawati has already announced that the party would contest on all 90 seats. The reports of negotiation of any mega alliance are unfounded and no such talk ever happened," said Saran.
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