Putting an end to the speculations on its political alliance in Haryana, senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arun Jaitley on Sunday made it clear that the party would not join hands with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the forthcoming assembly and parliamentary elections.
"Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) president Kuldeep Bishnoi will be the chief minister if the BJP-HJC alliance comes to power. The alliance is a firm reality and the massive gathering here confirms the alliance's acceptability at the grassroots level,"said Jaitley, while addressing an impressive political rally here.
The function was organised to mark the culmination of 57-day-long Haryana Vijay Yatra undertaken by Bishnoi.
The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley, said that the BJP-HJC combine will emerge victorious in the state assembly elections and the parliamentary polls in 2014.
He urged the gathering to vote for the alliance to help in electing Narendra Modi as the prime minister and Bishnoi as the chief minister.
However, a section of the state BJP leadership, including its chief whip in the assembly Anij Vij, were against the alliance. On November 1 this year, the national spokesman of the BJP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had attended a function organised by the INLD at Kurukshetra, where Naqvi had called the opposition parties to join hands to defeat the Congress, which is in power in Haryana since 2005.
At the Kurukshetra function, the INLD legislator Abhay Singh Chautala had also announced that his party was keen to join hands with the BJP.
However, Jaitley on Sunday urged the voters to rout the Congress to elevate Bishnoi as the next chief minister.
However, Jaitley refrained from making any comment on the INLD leadership, including the ex-chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his legislator son Ajay Chautala's conviction by a CBI court early this year in a government teachers' job scam.
BJP and INLD had been in an alliance in the state in the past.
Meanwhile, in a scathing attack on the Hooda government, Jaitley alleged that the Haryana government was concerned more about the illegitimate benefits of the top Congress leadership than a common man.
He called the Congress regime at the Centre as weak that had compromised with the national security, besides failing to check price rise and unemployment.
Jaitley also took a dig at the HJC and said that the party could have taken a step forward and joined hands with the BJP in 2009 to keep the Congress away from forming a state government. "It was certainly a political mistake but now it is past. We are one at the workers level,"he said.
Addressing the rally, Bishnoi tried to win the hearts of the Sikhs and the youth. He assured that if the BJP-HJC comes to power, he would constitute Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) and reintroduce students' elections.
"Formation of HSGPC is a long pending demand of the Sikhs and we will make it a reality. Similarly, I will ensure that the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) has enough water to irrigate lands till the tail end. Our government will grant Haryana Police personnel pay scales equaling their Punjab counterparts,"he said.
Bishnoi said that he was ready to have a public debate with Hooda on the Robert Vadra's alleged land scam and law and order.
"During my 57-day-long yatra, which covered all the 90 assembly constituencies, I have noticed that people in several areas have stopped sending their daughters to schools. When I asked, parents showed their deep concern about rising crime against women,"Bishnoi said.
"I leave it up to Hooda to decide the time and venue of a public debate. If I lose the debate on public issues, I will quit politics,"he said.
"Leaders of the ruling and the opposition are languishing in jails. It is the foremost duty of the voters to cast their precious votes to a person with a clean image,"said Bishnoi.
Organisers claimed that the venue of public meeting was spread on 42-acres of land on Delhi bypass. The crowd remained highly responsive to various comments and gave rousing welcome to Jaitley and Bishnoi at the HJC's leader's home turf.
Despite a heavy rush, there was no disorder.
Organisers had hired three handheld remote controlled small aircrafts to shower publicity bills and capture aerial views of the venue.
Bishnoi's son Bhavya was the centre of attraction at the rally. He touched feet of politicians on the dais and leaders were keen to greet the junior Bishnoi.