Cong's Birender, BJP's Amit Shah to share stage

A day after Rajya Sabha MP and veteran Congress leader Birender Singh met BJP national president Amit Shah in New Delhi amid speculation over him joining the saffron party, a Hisar-based youth organisation — Yuva Shakti — said both would attend its rally in Kaithal on August 18.

Amit Kajal, the group’s convener and a staunch supporter of the Jat leader, said besides Shah home minister Rajnath Singh had confirmed he would be in Kaithal on the day of the rally. “We’ll make an announcement on this event on Thursday at a press conference in Kaithal,” he added.

However, there was no official announcement either from Birender, who had earlier declared he would not contest the assembly polls on Congress ticket if chief minister Bhupinder SinghHoodaremainedtheparty’s leader in the state.

After an executive meeting of the Haryana BJP on Wednesday, Anil Jain, who holds joint charge of state affairs, told reporters Birender’s induction into the party would give it a “boost” ahead of the crucial assembly polls, adding that the BJP’s prospects for forming the government would be strengthened.

“If reports of his (Birender’s) induction are true, he’s welcome in the party fold,” BJP’s National Kisan Morcha president Om Prakash Dhankar remarked.

Alliance conditions to be revised
Jagdish Mukhi, incharge of Haryana affairs for BJP, said the alliance with the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) would be revised in accordance with the new terms and this had been conveyed to the party’scentralleadership.“Inview of the upcoming polls, cabinet ministers of the party will visit the state,” he added.

Sources said, after deliberations, the BJP leadership had urged the HJC chief to “make a compromise” over the CM’s post and accept 25 of 90 seats as the junior alliance partner.

 

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