NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday announced that it would go it alone in the Haryana Assembly elections as seat-sharing talks with Bhajan Lal’s Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) broke down.
There is “no possibility of revival of talks,” BJP general secretary in charge of Haryana Vijay Goel said here.
Though “seat-sharing” was given as the reason for the breakdown of talks, it is learnt that the HJC wanted the BJP to agree to its projecting Mr. Bhajan Lal’s son Kuldeep Bishnoi as Chief Minister.This was not acceptable to the BJP as he was not considered “senior enough.”
Privately, a BJP leader said the party agreeing to Mr. Bishnoi becoming Chief Minister after the elections, in the event of the combination getting a majority, would not have been a problem.
But agreeing to project him right now would have meant upsetting many a senior BJP leader in the State.
“We could have agreed to projecting the former Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal, because of his seniority, but agreeing to Mr. Bishnoi as the chief ministerial candidate was a problem and this was conveyed to the HJC,” he said.
In 2009 Lok Sabha election, the BJP tied up with Om Prakash Chautala’s INLD but the alliance failed to win even a single seat in the State, which has 10 constituencies.
Now the BJP was planning to field its own candidates for all 90 Assembly seats, party leaders said.