In what can be seen as a fresh jolt to Haryana’s premier Jat political party, INLD, its legislator from Ratia Assembly Seat, Ravinder Baliala, on Thursday joined Bharatiya Janata Party. The development comes months before the state polls in the State.
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA Ravinder Baliala, along with former Minister Jagdish Yadav joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Chandigarh. Both the INLD leaders, Yadav and Baliala, were welcomed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State Chief Subhash Barala.
Speaking to media, Manohar Lal Khattar said good and able people are also welcome in the party’s fold. While BJP State President took to twitter and welcomed both the INLD leaders in BJP.
मुख्यमंत्री श्री @mlkhattar जी ने पूर्व मंत्री जगदीश यादव जी और रतिया से इनेलो विधायक रविंद्र बलियाला जी को आज चंडीगढ़ में @BJP4Haryana के कार्यालय में पार्टी का पट्टका पहनाकर भाजपा में शामिल किया। मैं भारतीय जनता पार्टी हरियाणा परिवार में इनका स्वागत करता हूं। pic.twitter.com/ucO46AOHs7
— Subhash Barala (@subhashbrala) August 1, 2019
Baliala represents the Ratia Assembly constituency of the state while Yadav was a minister in Bansi Lal-led government in the 1990s. Both the leaders said they have joined the saffron party ‘unconditionally’.
The switching of sides comes a day before the commencement of the Monsoon Session of the Haryana Assembly, which is expected to be the last before the Haryana State polls, slated for October-November later this year.
The switching of Ravinder Baliala was expected since June as he was holding talks with BJP leaders. It should be noted that Abhay Chautala’s INLD has been decimated after the breakaway of it after feud in Chautala family.
INLD had 11 members in the 90-members Assembly, however, 4 supports Jannayaka Janata Party (JJP), a breakaway faction of INLD. While 6 MLAs have already tendered their resignation. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 47 MLAs, while Congress has 17 legislators.
While earlier in June post-poll verdict, two of the sitting INLD MLAs – Zakir Hussain from Nuh Assembly Seat and Parminder Singh Dhull from Julana Assembly Seat – joined Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar and state BJP chief Subhash Barala.
In the national polls held early this year, Haryana’s premier Jat Party, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) faced a humiliating defeat and lost all 10 contested seats. It only secured 1.89% vote from the state. Bharatiya Janata Party banking on Modi undercurrent again swept the polls by bagging all 10 Lok Sabha Seats of the State.
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