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HJC to campaign for Chopra from Monday

punjab Updated: Mar 31, 2014 10:42 IST
Vishal Joshi

The Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) leadership has decided to campaign for its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate here.

Till now the HJC leaders have been boycotting the canvassing of BJP candidate Ashwini Kumar Chopra. District president of HJC Pawan Shahpur told Hindustan Times that the senior leader of the HJC and former deputy chief minister Chander Mohan had convened a meeting with the HJC leaders here on Saturday night and asked the party workers to work for the alliance candidate.

He said that the HJC activists would start working for the BJP from Monday.

“BJP leaders have called a meeting on Sunday night where the availability of the prominent HJC leaders like four-time legislator Jai Singh Rana, ex-legislator Rakesh Kamboj and others would be finalized for canvassing of Chopra. All old issues have been resolved and we are fully geared up for the victory of the BJP-HJC combine’s victory,” said Shahpur.

Sharp differences started brewing since the HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi had started hinting at getting Karnal under the seat-sharing formula, whereas the local leaders protested and even gave in writing to its central leadership against any such move.

However, the hasty Bishnoi not only officially announced that HJC’s claim on Karnal seat but announced to field his elder brother Chander Mohan from here.

Following a tough opposition from its ally, Bishnoi not only had to withdraw candidature of Mohan within 24-hours of the announcement, but also had to cede the seat to the BJP.

On its exit from Karnal, the HJC firmly demanded to field a Brahmin leader to “fulfil one of the wishes of Bishnoi’s late father and ex-chief minister Bhajan Lal’.

But going by its electoral calculations to woo the Punjabi voters, the BJP decided to field owner of Punjab Kesari, a Hindi daily published from New Delhi, Ashwini Kumar Chopra. HJC leaders took the entire exercise as an insult to its top leadership and stayed from the nomination filing ceremony of Chopra and canvassing.