In a development that may give a new dimension to the political situation in Haryana, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Friday hinted at forming a political alliance with the Indian National Lok (INLD).
At a function held here to observe the birth centenary of late deputy prime minister Devi Lal, the national spokesman of the BJP, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, urged all political fronts to come together to wipe out the Congress.
"The BJP strongly feels that all (political parties) should come together. The Congress regime in the country has caused gross mismanagement . It is high time that all those who oppose the Congress come together and fight against corruption, price rise and unemployment," said Naqvi at a well-attended rally.
Naqvi, also the national vice-president, did not give any direct offer of re-alliance with the INLD.
However, showing sympathy to INLD president Om Prakash Chautala's conviction in a corruption case without making any reference to the case, Naqvi said that all those who oppose the Congress regime were implicated in false criminal cases and sent to jails for no fault.
Other than Naqvi, no other BJP leader was present at the function.
At present, the BJP has an alliance with the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) and the INLD has been keen to strike an alliance with the BJP in Haryana.
Till recently, the top BJP leadership had ducked any scope of breaking alliance with the HJC. State BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma has termed the Chautalas corrupt after they were convicted for the recruitment scam.
Bishnoi has also ruled out any alliance with the INLD on the corruption issue.
However, on Friday, the Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal emerged as a political broker and urged the BJP and the INLD to bury their political differences.
"I urge Naqvi and Chautala to come closer and forgive past mistakes. It is the right time to fight unitedly against the Congress and we want to see Narendra Modi unfurling the national flag at Red Fort (on Independence Day as the Prime Minister),"said Badal, whose Shiromani Akali Dal has an alliance with the BJP in Punjab.
Reacting to the comments of Badal and Naqvi, Chautala's younger son and legislator Abhey said that the INLD would go by the directions of Badal.
"Badal has a long association with our (Devi Lal) clan and we will follow his directions (of forming an alliance with the BJP). Every worker of the party is ready to take guidance from Badal saab," said Chautala.
Badal said that the Congress was known for oppressing its political opponents.
"We all are convinced that OP Chautala and his Ajay are languishing in jail as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has acted a puppet in the hands of the Congress regime. We have to work hard to rout the Congress in the 2014 elections from Haryana and see OP Chautala as the next chief minister of Haryana," said Badal.