BJP needs mass-based leaders in Haryana: Rao Inderjit

The BJP had formed an alliance with Kuldeep Bishnoi’s HJC for the LS elections, with the BJP contesting from eight constituencies and HJC from the other two, Sirsa and Hisar.

Written by Siddhartha Gupta | New Delhi | Published: May 24, 2014 2:16 am
‘The BJP campaign will need the face of a mass leader in Haryana’ ‘The BJP campaign will need the face of a mass leader in Haryana’

The BJP needs more mass leaders in Haryana to pull off a decent win in the upcoming Haryana Assembly elections, said Rao Inderjit Singh, BJP MP from Gurgaon, on Tuesday. The Haryana Assembly elections are expected to be held around October this year.

Singh also said that in order to be successful, the BJP campaign will need the face of a mass leader in Haryana which the party will nominate, quite similar to the campaign during the general elections.

In the 2009 Assembly elections, the BJP had won only four seats, with a large portion going to Congress and the INLD.

A senior BJP leader pointed out that the BJP lacked known faces at the local level to wage a successful fight in the upcoming Assembly polls. “Even some of our MPs are new faces. We may have to buttress our constituencies with some imports,” he said.

According to Singh, some MLAs from the Congress have expressed a willingness to come over. “I cannot name them but if you look at their profiles, these are mass-based leaders who didn’t get along with the Congress leadership because they aren’t yes-men,” he said.

Pointing out that the BJP had won from seven constituencies in Lok Sabha polls which translated to over 50 Assembly constituencies, Singh said they were in a comfortable position for the Assembly elections even if a fraction of the voters decided against voting for the BJP candidate. “We do expect around 20 per cent of the voters who voted for the BJP in Lok Sabha elections to vote for other parties during assembly elections, but the rest are likely to stay with us because the elections will happen in within six months time. The Modi wave will still have its effect. Yes, if the elections were to happen in a year’s time, then the numbers might be different,” he said.

BJP leaders say they would prefer the party contests the assembly elections on its own strengths instead of banking on support from other parties, and that no new coalition in Haryana was on the cards.

“We are not planning to jettison any existing partnerships, but no new alliances will happen,” he said.

The BJP had formed an alliance with Kuldeep Bishnoi’s HJC for the LS elections, with the BJP contesting from eight constituencies and HJC from the other two, Sirsa and Hisar.

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