The Mayawati-led party had asked the Chautalas to reunite if the INLD wanted to continue its alliance after their joint candidate Umed Singh Redhu suffered a humiliating defeat in the Jind bypoll last month and even lost his security deposit.
The BSP has opted to forge ties with Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP), an outfit floated by Raj Kumar Saini, the rebel BJP MP from Kurukshetra.
“Soon after the Jind byelection, our workers had raised this demand. Mayawatiji had asked the Chautalas to bring the family together. Our alliance was made at the time the entire family was together and the alliance was heading towards a good result. The sudden development had put things off track. On Friday night, Madam finalised her decision,” said BSP Haryana incharge Megh Raj.
The new allies confirmed their seat-sharing formula – BSP will field eight candidates and LSP two of Haryana’s 10 seats in Lok Sabha polls and LSP will contest 55 seats and BSP 35 in the election later in the year to the 90-seat assembly.
The BSP-INLD split comes just a day after Om Prakash Chautala was released on a 21-day furlough by Delhi’s Tihar jail administration. The condition barring the INLD patriarch from participating in any political activity during the period of furlough has now been withdrawn. Chautala Sr was to be released on January 21 on a three-week furlough. But his release was cancelled by the Delhi government at the last moment just as campaigning for the Jind byelection was in full swing. Chautala’s counsel Amit Sahni said the condition was removed by the Delhi government after they filed a petition before the Delhi high court against imposition of such conditions.
INLD was philosophical in its reaction to the end of its alliance with the BSP. “Alliances are formed and broken. With elections near, parties decide what suits them the best. We are not affected by the BSP-LSP alliance,” party general secretary RS Chaudhary said.