Rajesh Ahuja

It will put up candidates for all 90 seats

BJP blames it on INLD’s “adamant” stand

CHANDIGARH: The Bharatiya Janata Party, which entered into an alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal before the Lok Sabha elections, once again parted company with the Chautala clan on Monday. Now, the party will announce its candidates for the 90 Assembly seats within a fortnight or so, according to the former Union Minister, Vijay Goel, who is in charge of the party affairs in Haryana.

According to information received here, seat-sharing talks between BJP leaders and Mr. Chautala in New Delhi have failed. Mr. Chautala was not willing to concede 45 seats to the BJP on an equal seats sharing formula. Mr. Goel told reporters here that the alliance had “crumbled” owing to the INLD’s “adamant” stand. The INLD, he said, failed to acknowledge the “changed ground realities” and was not willing to concede the BJP’s plea for the 45-45 formula.

Addressing journalists, BJP Haryana president Krishan Pal Gurjar said the BJP was the only party which was raising public issues and it would certainly form the next government.

INLD convenes meeting

The INLD has convened a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee here on August 27 to discuss the “current political situation, the conditions arising from the BJP’s decision to quit the alliance, the poll preparations and the future policy of the party.” Mr. Chautala will preside.

The BJP extended support to the late Deputy Prime Minister, Devi Lal (father of Om Parkash Chautala), in the 1980s and withdrew it later. After that, it struck an alliance with the Haryana Vikas Party in 1996, but pulled out of it in 1999. It again supported Mr. Chautala during 1999-2000, but dissociated itself from him and contested the 2004 Lok Sabha elections and the 2005 Assembly elections on its own. However, the BJP revived its ties with the INLD late last year.

Mr. Chautala even switched over to the NDA from the Third Front. But the alliance was not acceptable to the BJP workers at the grassroots, so the BJP votes did not go to the INLD nominees in urban areas in the Lok Sabha elections.

There were undercurrents in the BJP that since the political scenario changed after the failure of the two parties to win even a single seat in the State and the spate of defections from the INLD, the seat-sharing formula should be “reworked” or the alliance be dissolved.