With the Lok Sabha elections getting closer, the differences in the Bharatiya Janata Party and Haryana Janhit Congress are getting wider by the day.
HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi told Hindustan Times on Sunday that he would not accept any external interference in his party affairs. “Entire business of the HJC, including the issue of induction of political leaders in the party fold will be decided solely by me and my leaders. I will not accept any interference from outside,” said Bishnoi.
On Thursday, the senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had shown her deep anguish against the Congress leader Venod Sharma’s entry into the HJC.
In her tweet, Sushma had said that she did not favour inclusion of Venod into the HJC and had apprised Bishnoi about her reservations. Haryana will go to polls on April 10.
Though the HJC had put Venod’s official induction on hold but sources said that Bishnoi was still lobbying hard with the top BJP leaders to soften their stand on the issue.
On Saturday, the state president of the BJP Ram Bilas Sharma had told HT that Bishnoi had given in writing to Sushma that Venod would not be accommodated in the party. “BJP is dead against Sharma and we will not let him in the alliance,” Ram Bilas had said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, rubbishing the claim, Bishnoi said that no written or verbal submission was tendered by him or his party to the BJP.
“Question of submitting anything about HJC party affairs to the BJP or anyone on the issue of Venod Sharma does not arise. I condemn BJP state president’s false claim and suggest him to mind his language,” he said.
Bishnoi said that despite the avoidable developments, the BJP-HJC was a rock solid. “We maintain good relations and in fact we are firmly assured to get Karnal segment as per the seat-sharing pact,” said Bishnoi, while refusing to comment on the induction of Venod into the party.