Chandigarh, Avnish Jolly,October 12: The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Lok Dal have decided to forge an electoral alliance in Haryana. INLD has also formally joined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). BJP & INLD leaders it in a joint press conference held at BJP office at New Delhi on Sunday.
BJP leader Shri Lal Krishan Advani, Shri Rajnath Singh, INLD leader Shri Om Parkash Chautala, BJP leader Smt Sushma Swaraj, Haryana INLD president Shri Ashok Arora, Haryana BJP president Shri Atam Parkash Manchanda, Haryana BJP in charge Shri Harjit Sinh Grewal, INLD leader Shri Ajay Singh Chautala, former BJP Haryana president Prof Ganeshi Lal, IOA vice president Shri Abhey Singh Chautala, MP Tarlochan Singh, INLD leader Prof Sampat Singh, Shri Sher Singh Barshyami were present in the press conference.
In a joint statement issued the two parties said that they would jointly contest the forthcoming election to the 15th Lok Sabha & subsequent Vidhan Sabha in Haryana. Guided by the shared goal of ending the misrule of both the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre and the Congress Government in Haryana, it is our resolve to make a clean sweep of the Lok Sabha election. We are confident of getting the support of the people of Haryana in this endeavour.
Addressing the press conference, BJP president Shri Rajnath Singh said that INLD is a natural ally. While welcoming Shri Chautala, he said that NDA has been strengthened. Announcing the poll alliance in Haryana, he said that INLD-BJP alliance would sweep Congress in next Lok Sabha & Vidhan Sabha elections in Haryana.
Addressing the media persons, INLD leader Shri Om Prakash Chautala said that INLD has always been anti- Congress and now NDA was the only alternative to UPA. Only strong leadership of Shri Lal Krishan Advani can lead the nation now from these ‘difficult times’, he added. He expressed his full faith in, and strong support to, the leadership of Shri L.K. Advani in the NDA. He also affirmed his readiness to rebuild the relationship between the two parties in Haryana on the basis of mutual respect and recognition of mutual concerns.
Shri Advani and BJP President Shri Rajnath Singh thanked Shri Chautala for his constructive role in forging the BJP-INLD alliance. They gratefully recalled Shri Chautala’s unconditional support to the NDA Government headed by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee between 1998 and 2004. Recognising INLD as an uncompromising anti-Congress force, they described the alliance as a continuation of the close affinity between the BJP leadership and the late Chaudhary Devi Lal, who made a sterling contribution to ending the Congress party’s domination in Indian politics.
In the days ahead, the two parties would conduct joint political activities to mobilise the people against the UPA Government at the Centre and Shri B.S. Hooda’s Government in Haryana. Joint campaign would highlight the anti-people, anti-kisan and corrupt record of the two governments, their multiple betrayals, and especially the Congress leadership’s failure to contain unprecedented price rise and its unwillingness to fight terrorism due to vote-bank considerations, the press statement said.