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Riding high on LS poll show, BJP wants tie-up with HJC reviewed

Sat Singh, Hindustan Times  Rohtak, June 14, 2014
First Published: 12:43 IST(14/6/2014) | Last Updated: 12:51 IST(14/6/2014)

The Haryana BJP is set to present its case before the core group of national leadership headed by party president Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Saturday to weigh pros and cons of going to the assembly polls in October with their three-yearold partner Haryana Janhit Congress (BL).

According to state core group leaders, including newly-elected parliamentarians and senior leaders, they will of fer HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi the option to be in alliance with the BJP as a “mini-partner” with a share of “20 assembly seats”.

However, the option will come with a rider — Bishnoi will not stake the claim for chief ministerial candidate, as decided by the central leadership that he would serve as CM if the alliance was voted to power.

However, the second offer to him will be, said well placed party sources, to merge his party with the BJP and get a set number of assembly tickets to his close confidantes and minister portfolios, if the alliance was voted to power.

A senior state BJP leader, who had contested the parliamentary polls, said tomorrow (on Saturday) they would finalise the offer to be given to the former Hisar parliamentarian during the next meeting in which the final decision would come — positive or negative, depends on the out come of meeting.

He said the party leaders, however, were of opinion that the final decision on the alliance should not be one-sided, and the HJC chief should be on the table during the final decision on a million dollar question.

Another BJP leader said state leadership would also put their decision of not projecting the chief ministerial candidate before the polls, as it could inflict more damage and less advantage.

The leader confided that the fate of BJP could be like the Congress if one leader gets projected as the chief ministerial candidate, as other aspirants’ faction can spoil the overall prospects of party.

The state leaders, who are scheduled to join the Saturday meeting in New Delhi, are BJP state president Ram Bilas Shar ma, Manohar Lal Khattar, Om Prakash Dhankar, Rao Inderjit Singh, Capt Abhimanyu, Suresh Bhatt and all seven winning Haryana MPs.

Notably, after winning seven out of the total 10 Lok Sabha seats, resurgent state BJP sought to review t he c onditions of its alliance with the HJC, which lost their share to two LS seats — Hisar and Sirsa — on the ground that policial scenario has changed.

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