Abhay culls tie-up talk,says no party ready to ally with BJP

Putting to rest the speculations over its prospective alliance with the BJP,Haryana’s main opposition party,the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD),Monday made it clear that it won’t have truck with the saffron party and would instead opt to be a part of a third front.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Updated: April 9, 2014 6:10 pm

Putting to rest the speculations over its prospective alliance with the BJP,Haryana’s main opposition party,the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD),Monday made it clear that it won’t have truck with the saffron party and would instead opt to be a part of a third front.

Senior party leader Abhay Chautala,addressing a public rally in Sirsa’s Mallika village,indicated that there was little possibility of the two parties coming together ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

“No political party is ready to enter into an alliance with the BJP because of the ongoing infighting in the party,” Abhay said addressing the rally.

This is the first time that a senior INLD leader has targeted the BJP in public. Earlier,days he was released on interim bail on medical grounds,Abhay’s father and INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala had said, “INLD as a party can stand strong without any alliance or collaboration.”

However,after he underwent a heart surgery,a large number of senior BJP leaders including Rajnath Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met Chautala at the Gurgaon hospital fuelling speculations that two parties may be drifting closer once again. The parties had broken their alliance during the last Assembly polls in Haryana.

Abhay’s latest statement,meanwhile,has created buzz in the political circles. “It appears that things have gone wrong somewhere,as INLD leaders had never made such anti-BJP remarks in the public,” a senior Congress leader said,adding that even if the two parties forged an alliance,it wouldn’t affect the ruling dispensation.

Incidentally,Om Prakash Chautala,despite his stand that his party can stand strong without any alliance,had also been openly claiming that his party will join hands with any political party,which is against the Congress. But,his son’s statement has now created ripples.

“Today people are fed-up of BJP because of the clashed among its own leaders. The time has come to forge a third front. People want to get get rid of the present political regime,” Abhay told the Indian Express,

Incidentally,another opposition party and BJP’s ally,the HJC,on the other hand targeted the INLD. Party chief Kuldeep Bishnoi addressing a public rally in Karnal used same words as Abhay said no political party is ready to enter into an alliance with the INLD after its senior leaders were convicted in a corruption case. Terming the INLD “a headless party”,Bishnoi said the party chief and another senior leader (Ajay Chautala) will not able to contest the next elections if their conviction is not set aside by the court.

Chautala and Ajay have already moved the high court challenging their conviction and 10-year jail term awarded to them in the Junior Basic Trained (JBT) teachers case.

Bishnoi’s statement came even as Abhay during the Sirsa rally announced that his father will be contesting the 2014 Vidhan Sabha polls from Ellenabad.

Soon after the media reported on a prospective alliance between INLD and BJP,both the saffron party and the HJC had denied the reports claiming that their alliance was unbreakable.

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