In what seems set to cause embarrassment to his party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Tek Chand Sharma has publicly backed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Haryana, ignoring differences between the two parties.
Sharma, the lone BSP MLA in the state, held a public rally at Mohna village in his Prithla assembly constituency (Faridabad) for chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, wherein the latter announced several development projects for the area. The BSP, which has been opposing the saffron party’s government at the Centre, has viewed the MLA’s action as an act of defiance.
BSP state unit chief Naresh Saran told Hindustan Times that the party was opposed to the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state due to their anti-people decisions and policies. “The BSP has nothing to do with the rally. We had organised a protest rally against the BJP government at Chandigarh on May 5. What the MLA has done is his personal decision. Our leadership will decide the action in the matter,” he said, expressing his disapproval.
Saran said he had already brought the matter to the notice of BSP national vice-president Rajaram, in-charge of party affairs in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. However, Tek Chand Sharma is totally unruffled, claiming the development of his area to be the sole factor behind his new-found admiration for the Khattar government in the state.
“The voters have elected me for development. I am the lone MLA of my party. If there is no tuning between my party and the BJP at top level, why should my people suffer?” said the Prithla MLA. Sharma, who had defeated the BJP candidate by a narrow margin in the 2014 assembly elections, said he decided to give his support to the government after due thought. The chief minister had accepted 27 of its 30 demands, including a government college, a stadium and two public health centres, at the public meeting, he added.
Though the BSP leaders are fuming, this is not the first time any party MLA has supported the government without the party’s consent. The difference this time is that it is the saffron party’s government in the state.