Shimla: Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) chief and former BJP stalwart Maheshwar Singh on Thursday said the party is all set to merge with BJP on August 14 at a public function in Kullu as more than two third majority in the HLP wanted this development. Talking to media persons here, he said he had separated from BJP four years back with supporters and like minded people to from HLP and he wanted to put up a third front. “But I failed in the effort. I could not do it alone. It is a democratic set up,”Maheshwar said.
Cool and composed over the ‘home-coming’ on August 14, the 68 year old former BJP MP and former BJP Chief, Maheshwar said there may be some reasons for the failure, which he did not want to elaborate. He said the dissent in HLP over the merger was not at all justified now, when the decision was taken with a majority call. “Somehow, there had been a feeling in the HLP ranks that they join hands with a national party. Initially, some people talked of Aam Admi Party (AAP) but majority wanted to go back to BJP. I was finally authorised to take the call. So, I don’t know, the people who were a party to that decision are now raising some voices of dissent, which is unjustified and indiscipline,” he explained.
Maheshwar, who presently represents Kullu, said the entire HLP, barring a couple of persons, who had their own ‘prejudices’, the entire party men have put a stamp on the merger with the BJP.
He said he had already informed the Election Commission about the development, as also that HLP is still a party headed by him and if anybody else is representing to the EC on behalf of HLP, it should not be entertained. Maheshwar rebutted the allegation that he had done politics of opportunism and said, “Had I been opportunist, I would have gone back to BJP in Parliament polls in 2014.” “I had a big offer from BJP in the Parliament polls and it was very easy for me to have gone back. But I did not want that. I had formed HLP with a purpose and I had to decide within the party and go with the majority opinion,” he continued.
He said keeping with the fast political developments in the state, the HLP decided to merge with BJP now, as many things have changed in the Centre with the change in guard. Maheshwar clarified that when he had left BJP with his supporters in February, 2012 to form HLP, he had left it over issues. “I have never targeted any BJP leader personally and would never do that.”
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