BJP, JJP plan to browbeat each other in upcoming election


With the Assembly elections drawing near in Haryana, several new political developments are triggering speculations in political corridors. While the ruling BJP and its alliance partner the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) are currently running the government together, the BJP continues to indicate that it would prefer to contest the upcoming polls alone, angering the JJP and steadily widening a rift between the two parties. With a year left before the forthcoming elections, the BJP has, for the first time, begun showcasing firm support for Chaudhary Birender Singh.
With the possibility of being a multi-cornered battle, the BJP continues to mull over every possible aspect in a bid to win Haryana yet again. In line with this development and Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala’s recent fiery statements, BJP Haryana in-charge, Biplab Dev said that it is his responsibility to strengthen the party as well as the legislators ahead of elections in Haryana. Further, while addressing a gathering in Faridabad, he lashed out at the JJP, reminding the party that stating its legislators had been given berths in the state cabinet only since the party extended its support to the BJP to form a government. Adding to the JJP’s worries, Dev recently declared that he believed that legislator Prem Lata would win the Uchana Assembly seat on a BJP ticket. Chautala had contested and won the same seat in the 2019 elections.
The JJP leader has now retorted that he would contest the 2024 elections from Uchana “at any cost”. The BJP has made its stand clear for the upcoming polls while delivering what is considered to be a setback for the JJP. However, it is very likely from the political developments that surfaced during the last few months that the BJP is most likely to contest the elections alone. BJP bigwigs have on several occasions made it clear that the alliance is “just for running the government” at the moment and no prediction can be made about the future of the alliance.