BSP pulls the plug on al­liance with INLD, forges ties with Saini’s LSP

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CHANDI­GARH: In a ma­jor jolt to the In­dian Na­tional Lok Dal (INLD) ahead of polls, the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) on Satur­day called off its over nine-month-old al­liance with the Haryana’s main op­po­si­tion and forged ties with the Lok­tantra Su­rak­sha Party (LSP), an out­fit floated by rebel BJP MP Raj Ku­mar Saini.

“On the di­rec­tions of BSP na­tional pres­i­dent Mayawati, the BSP to­day ends al­liance with the INLD and ties up with the LSP,” BSP Haryana in-charge Meghraj told me­di­a­per­sons here.

The de­vel­op­ment comes days after the Om Prakash Chau­ta­laled INLD suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat in the Jind by­polls, with party can­di­date Umed Singh Redhu for­feit­ing his se­cu­rity de­posit, amid the on­go­ing fam­ily feud in the Chau­tala fam­ily.

Un­der the new ar­range­ment, the BSP and the LSP will con­test the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions and the Haryana assem­bly polls.

Of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, the BSP will con­test on eight and the LSP on two seats, Meghraj said. He fur­ther said his party would con­test on 35 and the LSP on 55 seats dur­ing the assem­bly polls.

Meghraj said the de­ci­sion to snap ties with the INLD was taken after con­sid­er­ing the de­mand of the peo­ple of Haryana.

“Our leader Mayawati gave them a chance for stay­ing united. When we en­tered into an al­liance, the INLD was one party. But after Chau­tala fam­ily split, we got a chance to judge them in the Jind by­poll,” Meghraj said.

On his part, se­nior INLD leader Ab­hay Chau­tala said: “We did our duty. We gave BSP lead­ers and work­ers due re­spect. But if they have de­cided to snap ties with us, we can­not force things on them.”

The BSP leader said the ob­jec­tive of oust­ing the BJP out of power was un­achiev­able in al­liance with the INLD.

Though the BSP lead­ers were vo­cal about the re­think on the al­liance, INLD leader Ab­hay Chau­tala had re­peat­edly main­tained INLD-BSP ties were in­tact.

Fol­low­ing fam­ily feud in the Chau­tala clan, Ajay Chau­tala and his two sons Dushyant Chau­tala and Digvi­jay Chau­tala had floated the Jan­nayak Janata Party last year.

AL­LIANCE RALLY AT PA­NI­PAT ON FEB 17

The BSP-LSP al­liance will hold a state-level rally at Pa­ni­pat on Fe­bru­ary 17. On whether Mayawati would be present at the rally, Meghraj said it was yet not con­firmed.

KARUN SHARMA/HT

LSP chief Raj Ku­mar Saini (L) with BSP Haryana in-charge ■ Meghraj dur­ing a press meet in Chandi­garh.

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