Right after the Jannayak Janta Party’s support to BJP in Haryana to form the government, a series of criticism poured in against the Dushyant Chautala led party. On Saturday, the Congress state Chief Kumari Selja dubbed the JJP’s decision to support BJP and form the government in the state by terming it as the ‘betrayal’ to the voters.
“But the JJP betrayed the voters of the state. All those who voted for the JJP are feeling cheated today after it extended the support to the BJP,” she said.
Selja said in a statement that the voters gave a befitting reply to the BJP who was claiming to win 75 seats in the states.
“But what people of the state could not realise was that the JJP had a tacit understanding with the BJP and acted as its ‘B’ team,” she said. “They did not take any time to extend support to the BJP as soon as the election results were out.”
The Dushyant Chautala led JJP which was claiming it to be a ‘kingmaker’ on the day of results extended its support to BJP. Earlier there were speculations that JJP would form alliance with Congress. Even the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had given free hands to BS Hood to negotiate with Chautala on the terms to form the government. But restricting to 31 seats in the 90-seat Assembly, Congress fall short to claim the government even if JJP comes to its support with 10 seats, as the required number of seats is 46.
Congress state chief questioned the JJP’s pre-election promises.
She pointed out to the JJP’s assurances like giving an allowance of Rs 11,000 per month to the unemployed, reserving 75 per cent of the jobs for the people of the state and a monthly old-age pension of Rs 5,100.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala attacked BJP for its decision to join hands with JJP. He said, before the polls, the BJP used to dub Dushyant Chautala, grandson of former chief minister O P Chautala, as a person who was allegedly responsible for the family feud.
He further said in a tweet, “The JJP used to hold the BJP responsible for ‘burning’ Haryana,” referring to the violence that broke out during the 2016 Jat agitation and following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2017.
“But now, the two have come together to form the government,” he added.
It is to be noted that the JJP was floated last December after a vertical split in the Indian National Lok Dal following a feud in the Chautala clan. Throughout the poll campaigns, JJP targeted Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP government in the state.
BJP along with JJP is going to form the government on Sunday, with Manohar Lal Khattar as its CM and Dushyant Chautala as the Deputy CM.