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Clear the air on alliance for Haryana polls: HJC to BJP

Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 8:58pm IST | Place: Chandigarh | Agency: PTI

Uneasiness was palpable in Haryana Janhit Congress camp which asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to clear the air on alliance for the upcoming Assembly polls after BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said in Delhi that his party workers should focus on ensuring victory in Haryana on its own.

HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi on Saturday said that BJP should make its stance on the issue clear "very soon" and declared that his party was competent to contest on all the 90 seats.

"BJP is doing injustice with us. On a number of occasions, our leaders met the BJP leaders. They had given time till today to respond on various issues that includes formally announcing the number of seats each partner is going to contest, but that has not been done so far," Bishnoi told reporters in Rohtak.

The former MP said,"We have not got any response from them so far. Despite this, we are sticking to the coalition dharma. But if they continue like this, we will sit and discuss future strategy".

On possibility of a tie up with BSP, he said, "so far, I have not met any BSP leader"

After his elevation as party president in Delhi, Shah said about Haryana, "There is a need to change the government in the state. We should see that BJP alone gets the majority," he said, adding any possibility of alliance would be seen later.

When reporters questioned Bishnoi about the Shah's statement, Bishnoi said,"So far, we have learnt about it through the media. Nobody has said anything to us on the alliance issue".

Cracks had surfaced in the BJP-HJC alliance in Haryana after the Lok Sabha polls, with demands from certain sections in BJP's state unit to either rework the tie-up or go it alone in Assembly elections.

While the HJC, led by Bishnoi, younger son of former Chief Minister late Bhajan Lal, has been asserting that they were "committed to be in alliance" with the BJP on the earlier agreed upon conditions.

According to the condition, both the partners would contest on 45 seats each and Bishnoi would be the Chief Minister for the first two-and-a-half years, if alliance is voted to power. 

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