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BSP calls off alliance with INLD after Jind bypoll results, joins hands with rebel BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini’s LSP

The BSP took this step days after Om Prakash Chautala-led Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) suffered a humiliating defeat in the Jind bypolls.

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Chandigarh Updated on: February 09, 2019 13:56 IST
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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday called off its alliance with Haryana’s main opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) joined hands with rebel BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini’s Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP). 

The BSP took this step days after Om Prakash Chautala-led Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) suffered a humiliating defeat in the Jind bypolls.

INLD candidate Umed Singh Redhu forfeiting his security deposit, amid the ongoing family feud in the Chautala family.

 “On the directions of BSP national president and former UP chief minister Mayawati, the BSP today ends alliance with the INLD and ties up with the Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP),” BSP Haryana incharge Meghraj told media persons.

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

In Haryana, the BSP will contest on eight and the LSP on two Lok Sabha seats, Meghraj said.

He further said his party would contest on 35 seats and LSP would on 55 seats during the Haryana Assembly polls.

The BSP had Friday hinted that it may soon call off its alliance with the INLD.

It had earlier also said that it would part ways with the INLD if it fails to get united.

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.

Saini, a rebel BJP MP from Kurukshetra had last year floated his ‘Loktantra Suraksha Party’ and the candidate fielded by him in the Jind bypolls had put up a better performance than INLD’s Redhu.

The ruling BJP had won the Jind bypolls while Digvijay Singh Chautala, the candidate of the Jannayak Janata Party, had finished runners up.

The INLD and the BSP had entered into an alliance in April last year, which both ruling BJP and opposition Congress had described as a “marriage of convenience” which they entered into just to “grab power” in the state.

After forging the alliance, the two parties had announced to jointly contest the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

(With PTI inputs)

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