BJP may announce candidates in Haryana today
After a meeting of its parliamentary board on Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to announce its candidates for the Lok Sabha seats in Haryana.
List of candidates would put an end to the speculations on the seat sharing "dispute" between allying partners of BJP-Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC).
Haryana will go for polling on April 10 and nomination filing by the candidates will start from March 15.
The political alliance sailed through rough weather on Thursday after the BJP's top leadership publicly snubbed its ally on entry of veteran Congress legislator Venod Sharma into the fold of NDA.
HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi was keen to give a respectable space to Sharma and announce his induction on Thursday.
Sharma was tipped to be fielded from Karnal which is considered as a Bhramin-dominated seat.
On Thursday, a press conference convened to announce Sharma's entry was called off less than an hour of BJP's senior leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted her "strong objection" on him joining the NDA.
Though Bishnoi remained unavailable for comment on Friday, political sources claimed that Bishnoi was still trying to convince the BJP leaders to accept Sharma's entry into the HJC.
Sources claimed that the alliance was intact but admit that it had embarrassed HJC leadership.
Sharma's rake up a controversy after his alleged role to influence witnesses came to fore in the infamous Jessica Lall murder case in which his son Manu Sharma was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Known for his political shrewdness, Sharma may open his political gameplan at his Jan Chetna Mahayajna scheduled to organised in Kurukshetra on Sunday.
Sources said that Bishnoi had a series of meetings with certain politicians in New Delhi and around and was seen moving without his official security cover.
HJC leadership is also unhappy the way a section of the BJP leaders were pressing hard against seat sharing distribution.
Bishnoi represents Hisar segment and wants to field his candidate from Karnal but the BJP leaders have publically shown their strong resentment against this arrangement.
"As date of filing nominations is just a week away, there is hardly anytime left and such stances. But we are assured by senior BJP leaders to allot two seats of our choice," said a close aide of Bishnoi.
Meanwhile, the BJP sources said Swaraj was annoyed as it was rumoured in the political circles that she was pushing Sharma's entry into the NDA via HJC.