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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Haryana BJP-HJC pact intact; conditions apply

Sat Singh , Hindustan Times   Rohtak, July 24, 2014
First Published: 12:55 IST(24/7/2014) | Last Updated: 12:57 IST(24/7/2014)

After keeping its three-year-old alliance partner Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) on tenterhooks for little over than two months after the Lok Sabha election results, majority of the state BJP leaders are in favour of the coalition for the upcoming assembly elections.

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The decision came at a meeting of the BJP's core committee members in New Delhi on Wednesday evening, in which seven winning Members of Parliament from the state also participated.

One of the leaders, who had attended the meeting, said after seeking opinions from all core committee members, Ganeshi Lal, one of the senior most leaders, said the state party was not in a position to dominate the poll scene in more than 35 seats; hence, it becomes imperative for the BJP to continue the alliance with the HJC.

Another senior leader from Haryana, who had participated in the meeting told HT that unlike the past when majority of them were in favour of snapping ties with Kuldeep Bishnoi, today many of them were in favour of maintaining ties with him.

Notably, buoyed by its Lok Sabha poll performance, many saffron party leaders are still maintaining their stand of not providing the chief ministerial post to Bishnoi if the alliance is voted to power and suggesting to compensate him by sending to the Rajya Sabha and giving him a cabinet berth at the Centre and berths to his two other family members.

It is also learnt that a Punjabi leader, who is among the front runners for the chief ministerial post, suggested exploring the possibility to truck with the principal opposition Indian National Lok Dal.

Political experts opine that the changing stand of the state BJP leaders and the silence maintained by the HJC despite humiliation by the saffron party is a political compulsion for both parties to remain relevant in the poll scenario.

State BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma too remained tight-lipped over the Wednesday's meeting in New Delhi.

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