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Karnal BJP leaders meet Rajnath, Sushma; want party to keep seat

punjab Updated: Mar 06, 2014 20:16 IST
HT Correspondent

The rift between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its political ally Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) over Karnal Lok Sabha seat is getting wider by the day.

Opposed to the arrangement of giving Karnal seat to HJC, a delegation of office-bearers of the BJP Karnal unit met their party's national president Rajnath Singh and senior leader Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

Led by BJP's district unit president Ashok Sukhija, the 16-member delegation told the party brass that the saffron party should field its own candidate from the segment.

Sukhija told Hindustan Times that it was 'their pressure' that made national leadership to oppose Congress leader Venod Sharma's entry into HJC.

He said that BJP's understanding with the HJC on seat sharing was not yet final.

"Today, we apprised our leaders about our reservations over allotting Karnal seat to HJC. The delegation also categorically said that an outsider would not be accepted by the party workers as candidate," he said.

Sukhija claimed that Singh and Sushma assured them to look into their point of view and keep their feelings in mind before taking a final decision.

As per the pact, BJP was to field its candidates from eight seats and the HJC would keep the remaining two.

While Hisar for sure will remain with the HJC for the seat is being represented by its president Kuldeep Bishnoi, Karnal was the second seat the party was keen to field its candidate from.