The tussle between allies BJP and Haryana Janhit Congress in poll-bound Haryana today intensified with HJC supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi accusing BJP of "violating the coalition dharma" and "backtracking" from its promise for the "lust of power".
Addressing his "Parivartan" (change) rally here, Bishnoi claimed that under an agreement in 2011 between BJP and HJC, the two parties were to fight 45 seats each and he would be the Chief Minister for the first 30 months.
"On one hand BJP claims that it wants to go ahead with the alliance with the HJC, on the other few of its leaders for vested interests are giving different statements," he said.
He said that people of Haryana are aware who is "backtracking" from its promise for the "lust of power" on the issue of alliance between BJP-HJC.
"I will never bow before such selfish people who are violating the dharma of coalition," he said.
He alleged that BJP was inducting "corrupt" Congressmen and "criminal" INLD leaders into the partyfold.
Bishnoi's stinging remarks came days after BJP Chief Amit Shah asked HJC not to remain adamant on contesting on 45 seats after its drubbing in the LS polls, saying the party has to keep in mind the people's aspirations after the changed scenario post the Lok Sabha polls.
He had said though BJP was committed to alliance with HJC, but at the same time made it clear that his party was prepared to fight on all the 90 assembly seats if the junior partner remains adamant on old terms and conditions.
A senior party leader too had said Bishnoi will not be the chief ministerial candidate if the BJP-HJC alliance comes to power in the state.
Bishnoi today claimed that he was ready to merge his party with BJP if it succeeds in bringing water from Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal to Haryana ahead of ensuing Assembly polls by putting pressure on Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
"If the BJP succeeds in bringing share of river waters of Haryana in SYL before Assembly polls by exerting pressure on Punjab's SAD, I am prepared to merge my outfit into the party," he said.
Taking a jibe at BJP, Bishnoi said that "at the Centre it's the BJP-led NDA government and it is an ally of SAD in Punjab then why the BJP is not questioning Parkash Singh Badal (Punjab Chief Minister) for not allowing Haryana's share of water through SYL".
He asked BJP to "exert pressure" on SAD to allow Harayan's share of waters from Punjab.
He also made a veiled attack on BJP President Amit Shah for reportedly claiming at a rally at Jind yesterday that the BJP will bring water in the SYL canal so that Haryana gets its share.
"Politicians should avoid doing politics on the issue of SYL," he said, adding that the SYL matter should not be raked up either by politicians from Ahirwal region (southern part) of Haryana or of the Centre.
Without naming Shah, Bishnoi said that "it is unfortunate that big leaders in BJP are misguiding people of Haryana on the issue of sharing of river waters with Punjab".
Cracks have surfaced in the BJP-HJC alliance in Haryana after the Lok Sabha polls, with demands from certain sections in BJP's state unit to either rework the tie-up or go it alone in Assembly elections.
While the HJC, led by Bishnoi, younger son of former Chief Minister late Bhajan Lal, has been asserting that they were "committed to be in alliance" with the BJP on the earlier agreed upon conditions.
At present the the alliance appears to be in doldrums with no clarity on seat sharing.
The BJP fought recent Lok Sabha polls on eight seats in Haryana and its ally HJC two of the total ten seats. BJP won seven while the HJC lost both of its seats. Kuldeep Bishnoi too lost from his traditional Hisar seat to young INLD turk Dushyant Chautala.
Bishnoi promised the gathering that if voted to power his party will ensure all round progress of the state, develop seven modern cities on the lines of Gurgaon and set up an industrial hub and improve the quality of education.