Haryana businessman-politician keeps options open for entering BJP-led alliance
Haryana business magnate-cum-politician Venod Sharma on Sunday kept the door open for a possible rapprochement with the BJP, saying that he was keen to work for any front backing the NDA's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.india Updated: Mar 09, 2014 17:19 IST
Haryana business magnate-cum-politician Venod Sharma on Sunday kept the door open for a possible rapprochement with the BJP, saying that he was keen to work for any front backing the NDA's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Sharma's comments came during a public rally here, days after senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj scuttled his move to join the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), an ally of the saffron party.
Sharma (66), whose son Manu is serving life term in the Jessica Lal murder case, recently quit the Congress, seen as a pre-emptive move to protect his business interests in the event of party's ouster from power in the Lok Sabha polls.
Sharma, a legislator from Ambala, on Sunday defended his move to quit the Congress, saying the party he served "for 40 years had no internal democracy left".
He said encouraging political development, like fielding a man from a humble background for the PM's seat, was impossible in the Congress.
Sharma did not announce his plans to join any political front but said a Modi wave was prevalent in the entire country.
On Thursday, HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi was scheduled to announce the induction of Sharma into the party but the plans were shelved after Swaraj's objection.
According to the sources in the BJP-HJC alliance, Bishnoi was still keen to field Sharma from the Karnal parliamentary seat though a section of the central leadership was opposed to it.
There were also speculations that Sharma may join the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and contest from Karnal constituency.
But the BSP's state president Naresh Saran told HT on Sunday the issue had not been discussed at any level.
Sharma owns the Piccadily group of companies which runs a sugar mill and distillery in Karnal, hotels and other enterprises besides having business interests in real estate projects in Gurgaon.