INLD hints at supporting BJP after Lok Sabha polls
Softening its stance on alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Saturday maintained that the party would take a call "depending upon situation in future" and indicated that it would give "unconditional support" if Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister after Lok Sabha polls.punjab Updated: Jan 04, 2014 19:06 IST
Softening its stance on alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Saturday maintained that the party would take a call "depending upon situation in future" and indicated that it would give "unconditional support" if Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister after Lok Sabha polls.
"...Earlier there was different (political) situation... tomorrow there will be different situation. We will see depending upon situation," INLD MLA Abhay Chautala told reporters responding to queries on the possibility of returning to alliance with the BJP in Haryana.
However, he said the BJP members were still friends. "They (BJP) are our friends and they will remain our friends," he said, adding that in politics, there was neither friend nor enemy.
On several occasions in the past, the INLD had maintained that it would not forge alliance with the BJP. At present, the BJP is allied with Kuldeep Bishnoi's Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) in the state.
Asked about supporting Narendra Modi, Chautala said the party would give "unconditional support" if Modi became PM, after the Lok Sabha elections.
"If Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister or any other candidate becomes PM by defeating the Congress, our party's stand is that we will give unconditional support to him," Chautala said.
On PM Manmohan Singh's statement on Friday that "it will be disastrous for the country to have Modi as Prime Minister", Chautala said, "By making such statement, PM Manmohan Singh has admitted (Congress) party's defeat."
To a query, Chautala hoped that the assembly elections in Haryana would be held along with Lok Sabha elections.
Chautala also said that the party would submit a memorandum to Haryana governor, demanding more share for the state in central projects so that people of the state were benefitted.
Chautala slammed the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government for allotting land worth several crores for central projects like IIIT which would yield no benefit to the people of the state.
"The Haryana government has allotted 128 acres of land for setting up IIIT in Sonepat. Maximum number of seats has been reserved under Centre's and private quotas at the cost of Haryana's share," he alleged.
He said that the state government should have set up Cancer institute or an extension of AIIMS in underdeveloped parts of the state.
The INLD chief took a dig at the recent appointment of former chief secretary PK Chaudhery as advisor to the Haryana government in the rank of cabinet minister, saying it was "adjusting retired and favourite bureaucrats", and stressed that if necessary, the party would approach the court.
He also demanded a probe by a sitting judge into the hiring of teachers during the tenure of Nand Lal Poonia as Haryana School Teachers Selection Board.
First Published: Jan 04, 2014 19:03 IST