Even before the dust of political rhetoric settled during the assembly elections with parties accusing each other of plundering Haryana, the Haryana Janhit Congress supremo, Kuldeep Bishnoi who was equally critical of his old ally the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling Congress and the opposition Indian National Lok Dal, has sent an invitation for a post-poll alliance.
After the recent Lok Sabha polls in which the BJP-HJC alliance won seven out of 10 seats in Haryana, the tie-up ended on a sour note after undergoing upheavals over seat-sharing in the assembly polls.
Both the BJP and HJC are contesting all the 90 assembly seats on their own. Bishnoi, whose father Bhajan Lal, prominent non-Jat leader, remained chief minister in the Congress government, after casting his vote on Wednesday said they do not have hesitation in striking an alliance with any political party, if the prospective ally was ready to materialise their demand charter.
“We have a demand list in our party manifesto and are open to support any political party that is ready to fulfil it for the formation of a majority government in the state,” said Bishnoi who is contesting from Adampur and wife Renuka Bishnoi is in fray from Hansi assembly segment.
In the 2009 assembly polls, the HJC won six seats. Five MLAs left the party and supported the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.
Poll experts said following the multi-cornered contest in the state and with the state BJP playing a crucial role owing to its government at the Centre, Bishnoi was left with little choice. Bishnoi’s statement indicates his aspiration to play kingmaker in case a scenario emerges wherein major political parties — the INLD, Congress and BJP — would appear to be missing the majority mark by a few notches, they added.