Kuldeep Bishnoi’s decision to project himself as the chief ministerial candidate may jeopardise his party Haryana Janhit Congress’ (HJC) alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Bishnoi’s bête noire and senior BJP legislator from Ambala Cantt Anil Vij said here on Saturday that Bishnoi had violated the coalition dharma by holding political rallies and announcing HJC candidates for the forthcoming assembly polls without taking the BJP into confidence.
“He has ignored the national leaders of his political ally,” said Vij.
Vij and other top leaders were here on Saturday to attend a two-day meeting of the state executive body of the BJP at Gymkhana Club to chalk out its electoral strategy for the forthcoming assembly elections. Alliance with HJC is on top of the meeting’s agenda.
After forging an alliance with the HJC, the BJP had announced to project Bishnoi as the chief ministerial candidate. However, following the BJP’s impressive performance in the Lok Sabha and HJC’s dismal show, majority of the BJP leaders are in favour of dumping Bishnoi’s party.
Before the meeting, Vij told reporters that while the BJP was still deliberating on the alliance, the “hasty” Bishnoi has started projecting himself as the CM candidate and started announcing his party’s candidates for the forthcoming assembly polls.
He clarified that decision on alliance would be taken by the national leaders of the party’s parliamentary board.
“Bishnoi has not only given a slogan of “Abki Bar, Kuldeep Sarkaar” but he has also intentionally ignored the national leaders of the BJP. BJP’s name and faces of its leaders are missing in Bishnoi’s ongoing election rallies and it clearly shows his personal ambition is above the coalition,” said Vij.
He said that BJP leaders were divided over continuing alliance with the HJC, but Bishnoi seemed to have made his mind to part ways with the BJP. Vij said that even during the parliamentary elections, Bishnoi focused only on his seat.
“Bishnoi not only skipped campaigning for any of the BJP candidates but the HJC leaders worked only for their leader. BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi visited Haryana four times during parliamentary elections but the HJC leadership stayed away from the functions,” said Vij.
He said that instead of leveling allegations on the BJP leaders, Bishnoi should introspect why he suffered humiliating defeat in the parliamentary elections.
HJC A PRIVATE PROPERTY: SHARMA
Taking a dig at Bishnoi and his elder brother Chander Mohan, BJP state president Ram Bilas Sharma said HJC had become a private property of the Bishnoi family.
Chander Mohan had recently targeted Sharma and other state BJP leaders by terming them as “weak” and accusing them of eyeing the post of the CM.
“Levelling baseless allegations against an ally is unfortunate and our national leaders will take the final call on continuing alliance with the HJC,” said Sharma.