BSP's no grand alliance dashes Bishnoi's hopes
Dashing hopes of Haryana Janhit Congress chief Kuldeep Bishnoi of a grand pre-poll coalition in Haryana, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leadership on Friday said the party was firm on going it alone in the assembly elections.chandigarh Updated: Sep 12, 2014 20:48 IST
Dashing hopes of Haryana Janhit Congress chief Kuldeep Bishnoi of a grand pre-poll coalition in Haryana, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leadership on Friday said the party was firm on going it alone in the assembly elections.
State BSP president Naresh Saran said party chief Mayawati had already announced that there would no such pact for the Haryana assembly polls.
"The decision to contest all 90 assembly segments is final and approved by the central leadership. There are no talks for any alliance in Haryana," said Saran.
There were reports that Bishnoi was trying to convince the BSP leadership, including Mayawati, to forge a mega political alliance to give a challenge to the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).
It was also speculated that ex-minister and affluent businessman Gopal Kanda's Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) may also be chipped to woo non-Jat voters as the BSP has also announced that it would work to limit Jat domination on the political arena of Haryana.
Following an unceremonious snapping of political tie-up with the BJP, Bishnoi had recently allied with Venod Sharma's Jan Chetna Party (JCP).
However, BSP's chief ministerial candidate Arvind Shama (an ex-Congress MP) told Hindustan Times on Friday that an alliance with Bishnoi, Venod or Kanda would mean a compromise with basic electoral agenda of the party.
"The BSP is batting against family upfront in the political scene, corruption and oppression of Dalits. We are against giving privileges to a particular section at the cost of 80% of other communities, including Dalits, Brahmins, Banias, Punjabis and Rajputs. Contrary to the BSP's agenda, these parties are talking of giving sops to those 20% section that has always gained in every sphere," said Sharma while clearly mentioning non-Jat agenda of the party.
He charged HJC, JCP and HLP with spreading rumours on a grand alliance to create confusion.
"All of them are agents of the Congress and have a secret pact with the chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Several leaders from various parties are regularly in touch with me and as election dates have been announced they would start joining us," said Sharma.
During his alliance with the BJP, Bishnoi was tipped to be the chief minister for the first two-and-a-half-year term, if the BJP-HJC combine wins.
The HJC never had cordial relations with the state BJP leadership. But as Bishnoi lost both seats allocated to his party by the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, the relations hit the lowest level.
As the BJP emerged as the biggest political force in the parliamentary elections in the country and Haryana as well, the BJP leadership wanted to contest assembly polls on its own.
In 2009, Bishnoi had tied up with the BSP but the alliance culminated resulted unceremoniously.
First Published: Sep 12, 2014 20:47 IST