HJC seeks expulsion of SAD from NDA
Enraged over SAD's "open campaigning" against BJP and its ally Haryana Janhit Congress in the state, HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi has asked BJP to severe its ties with the Punjab's ruling party.punjab Updated: Apr 13, 2014 18:46 IST
Enraged over SAD's "open campaigning" against BJP and its ally Haryana Janhit Congress in the state, HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi has asked BJP to severe its ties with the Punjab's ruling party.
"Narendra Modi campaigned in Haryana and urged people to make NDA victorious and at the same time, Parkash Singh Badal sought votes to defeat the NDA. What should the voters do. This cannot be tolerated," according to a letter written by Bishnoi to senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani.
SAD chief and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal had canvassed for the candidates of INLD in Haryana.
Bishnoi claimed that SAD leaders had violated the NDA's alliance code by joining hands with INLD, whose senior leaders including former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and Ajay Singh Chautala are behind the bars for over a year now in connection with a teachers recruitment scam.
While the Punjab Chief Minister had maintained that he had family relations with Chautala family and his campaign to seek votes for the INLD was in the knowledge of the senior BJP leadership, adding that the main motive of the campaign was to make Narendra Modi as the next prime minister.
"SAD should be thrown out of the NDA otherwise it will send a wrong message throughout the country that for vested political interests such people are in the NDA," Bishnoi said.
Bishnoi urged Advani to issue a show cause notice to the SAD seeking explanation as to why they should not be expelled from NDA.
He said SAD leaders had canvassed for candidates of the INLD at a time when BJP-led NDA's nationwide campaign was centred around corruption.
Bishnoi, younger son of former Haryana Chief Minister late Bhajan Lal, was pitted against Chautala Sr's grandson Dushyant Chautala, from Hisar Lok Sabha seat.
The HJC leader yesterday shot off a strongly-worded letter to Advani and sought action against Badals for "violating" NDA's alliance code.
Polling for all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana was held on April 10. While Bishnoi is seeking re-election from Hisar, his party has fielded candidate from Sirsa constituency and the remaining eight seats were fought by the ally BJP.
"These are instances of complete indiscipline and extreme breach of our understanding. Corruption is the biggest issue faced by our nation and BJP and NDA including HJC (BL) have propagated zero tolerance policy against corruption.
"Accordingly, NDA cannot permit; rather it should not have permitted its partner SAD to run a campaign against BJP and another ally HJC (BL); and its top leaders share stage with INLD," the HJC leader wrote.
Meanwhile, Bishnoi told reporters at Hisar that the actions of SAD could not be tolerated.
"Their (SAD's) alliance (with INLD in Haryana) is for the state assembly elections and not for the parliamentary polls, they are part of the NDA. Chautala's INLD is not part of NDA, but HJC is in the NDA. We (HJC-BJP) fought on all the 10 seats," he said.
Meanwhile, SAD sought to downplay its party leaders seeking votes for INLD recently.
"We have old alliance with INLD. The BJP knows it and they have no problem. Haryana is separate (from Punjab) and we have fought (assembly polls) in alliance (with INLD). Our fight is against Congress," SAD senior leader and party spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema told PTI.
During his poll campaigning in Haryana for INLD, Badal had said the entire clan of late Devi Lal had "always served for the cause of poor and farmers." Earlier, during his campaign trails, Bishnoi had hit out
at opposition INLD, saying it was hobnobbing with Badals who had "always worked against the interests of Haryana".
Recently, there have been occasions when HJC's decisions have been over-ruled by the BJP, indicating there could be tensions simmering between the two partners.
Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Venod Sharma, who quit his party last month and was all set to join the HJC and contest from Karnal, was forced to retreat when Bishnoi was told by the BJP senior leaders that he would be allowing entry to the senior leader at his own risk, after which the plan was shelved.
INLD has been trying to woo its erstwhile ally the BJP for a tie-up and though the two parties did not come together during the Lok Sabha polls, sources in the two outfits have not ruled out possibility of an understanding for the Haryana assembly polls, which are due in October this year.