The Congress and BSP are on their way to form an alliance in Haryana for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state, after a closed-door meeting between two-time former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Mayawati in New Delhi. It was also attended by the state Congress chief Kumari Selja, party sources said.
The meeting that lasted for over half an hour on Sunday night comes days after Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati called off her alliance with Dushyant Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal’s (INLD), breakaway faction Jannayak Janata Party (JJP). Dushyant Chautala is the grandson of OP Chautala. Mayawati declared that her party would contest the elections in Haryana without any pre-poll alliance after she parted ways with Chautala over seat sharing disagreement. The JJP had offered 40 seats to the BSP out of total 90 seats, which it refused.
Mayawati called off the agreement with Chautala calling it, “inappropriate.”
BJP won all the 10 parliamentary seats in Haryana in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, held earlier this year. And, is leaving no stone unturned for a repeat performance in the state assembly elections as well. Prime Minister Narendra Modi , on Sunday, launched the election campaign for the state by addressing the ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally at Rohtak. There he thanked the people for their support to the BJP government and also praised the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in Haryana for fighting corruption and nepotism.
The first BJP Chief Minister of the state, Khattar aims to the party’s tally in this election in the Assembly from 48 legislators.
The main Opposition in Haryana, the Indian National Lok Dal has been reduced to a minority as most of its legislators and leaders have joined the BJP. Congress party is facing infighting and factionalism. Though, Congress might have stopped some of it by the appointment of Kumari Selja as the new Haryana chief, replacing Ashok Tanwar to placate Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Hooda was adamant that Ashok Tanwar should be removed from the post of the chief of Haryana Congress. He even organised a Parivartan Rally in Rohtak and met acting president Sonia Gandhi, threatening to form his own party.
Congress ruled the state for two consecutive terms till 2014. BSP and Congress, if form an alliance to jointly contest the elections for the 90 Assembly seats, they might be able to stop the BJP juggernaut.
The polls in Haryana are slated for October, this year.