CHANDIGARH: The Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday called off its 10-month-old alliance with Haryana’s main opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and announced a tie-up with Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP), which was floated by rebel BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini.
The development comes days after INLD suffered a humiliating defeat in the Jind bypoll, with party candidate Umed Singh Redhu forfeiting his security deposit, amid the ongoing family feud in the Chautala family. Three days ago INLD leader Abhay Chautala had claimed that the alliance was intact.
BSP Haryana in-charge Meghraj said, “On the directions of BSP national president and former UP chief minister Mayawati, the BSP has ended its alliance with INLD and has tied-up with LSP. Both the parties will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly polls. The BSP will contest on eight and LSP on two Lok Sabha seats, while LSP will contest on 55 and BSP on 35 seats in the assembly elections.”
INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala refused to make a direct comment on the BSP’s move. “We gave more respect to the BSP leaders and workers than ours. Answers to why they broke the alliance and why they separated can only be given by the BSP leaders,” he said.
Saini, a rebel BJP MP from Kurukshetra, had last year floated his Loktantra Suraksha Party and the candidate fielded by him in the Jind bypoll had put up a better performance than INLD.
Following a family feud within the Chautala clan, Ajay Chautala and his two sons Dushyant and Digvijay had floated the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) last year.