Chandigarh: Ending weeks of suspense, senior Congress chief from Haryana Kuldeep Bishnoi is becoming a member of the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) on Thursday (August 4).
He introduced this transfer quickly after resigning from the Haryana meeting on Wednesday.
His becoming a member of the saffron celebration, at present ruling Haryana, was nearly sure quickly after the Congress expelled him final month for voting in opposition to the celebration candidate within the Rajya Sabha election.
Bishnoi, who was eying the publish of Haryana Congress president, was miffed for being ignored within the latest celebration rejig. As an alternative of him, the celebration got here underneath management of his bête noire and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Hooda in 2005 too had trounced his father and 3 times Congress chief minister Bhajan Lal for the chief minister’s publish.
Since then the Bishnoi household, which as soon as had appreciable affect in Haryana’s political corridors, has been struggling.
An MLA from the Adampur seat in Hisar, Bishnoi most likely is prone to retain the seat in a by-election, provided that this seat is his household borough.
Though he desires the BJP to appoint his son for the Adampur by-elections, the possibilities of that look distant, because the celebration could not wish to take any dangers.
The Congress has been downplaying the newest political growth, with Hooda saying that his exit is not going to have an effect on the celebration. The BJP’s sport plan, nevertheless, is evident.
Haryana politics after the emergence of the BJP in 2014 has been polarised into Jat vs non-Jat teams.
Bishnoi’s household has for lengthy been fashionable amongst non-Jat castes in Haryana. His father, Bhajan Lal, had been the tallest non-Jat chief of the Congress.
The BJP thinks that Bishnoi’s entry would strengthen the celebration in cementing its place with non-Jat voters.
Whereas the Haryana elections are distant, the celebration desires him to ship first in Rajasthan. There are 20-22 Bishnoi caste dominated seats within the state. The Bishnois, who’re a close-knit group, might be influenced to vote for the celebration in Rajasthan meeting polls subsequent yr in 2023.
His entry could trigger numerous heartburn amongst leaders within the saffron fold, as Bishnoi had a strained relationship – and even bitter – with the BJP prior to now.
After being ignored by the Congress, he and his father floated the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) in 2007. The celebration did properly within the 2009 meeting polls by successful six meeting seats.
However Hooda engineered defections in Bishnoi’s celebration, taking away 5 of the six MLAs after the Congress fell wanting a majority in that election.
Combating for political survival, Bishnoi in 2011 entered into an alliance with the BJP, which, in contrast to right this moment, was not an enormous participant in Haryana politics then.
Three years later, Narendra Modi’s recognition gave wings to the BJP in Haryana.
After successful a lot of the parliament seats in Haryana within the 2014 basic elections, the BJP was not eager to concede too many seats to Bishnoi’s celebration within the state meeting polls, which had been scheduled for six months after the final elections.
This led to Bishnoi breaking ties with the BJP and accusing it of betrayal.
Whereas the BJP ended up forming the federal government by itself, Bishnoi’s celebration may win simply two seats, leaving his political profession in peril.
Lower to dimension by the BJP, Bishnoi merged his celebration again with the Congress in 2016. There too he continued to sulk, finally having to depart the celebration as soon as he was pushed in opposition to the wall by the Hooda camp.
Kushal Pal, a political analyst and head of the division of political science at Dyal Singh School in Karnal, instructed The Wire that on the idea of his previous relation with the BJP, Bishnoi future there shall be no cakewalk.
First, there are already many outstanding non-Jat leaders within the BJP in Haryana, who could not like his entry within the celebration and create issues for him.
That’s the reason he took a lot time deciding on his becoming a member of, as he too most likely was conscious of this, added Pal.
He then stated the temper amongst his supporters can be a bit sombre, as they’ve felt betrayed by the BJP in 2014.
His future is determined by how a lot prominence he will get within the BJP, though it seems from earlier experiences that he must wrestle exhausting, stated Pal.