Haryana Janhit Congress (BL)

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Haryana Janhit Congress (BL)
Secretary-General Pawan Pandit
Founder Bhajan Lal
Founded 2 December 2007 (10 years ago) (2007-12-02)
Dissolved 28 April 2016 (2 years ago) (2016-04-28)
Merged into Indian National Congress
Headquarters New Delhi
ECI Status State Party

Haryana Janhit Congress was a state political party in the state of Haryana, India. It was started as a breakaway faction of the Indian National Congress by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal in 2007. Later, Lal attempted to form an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but the alliance did not succeed. Finally, the HJC had to fight election alone.

In April 2016, the party merged with Indian National Congress after nine years of separation.[1]


The HJC party was founded by former Chief Minister of Haryana Bhajan Lal in 2007 after breaking away from Indian National Congress. It had a good hold in Hisar and Fatehabad district.[citation needed]

In August 2009, the HJC joined hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party. The alliance was however called off by the BSP before the Vidhan Sabha elections.[2] In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the party won in Hisar where Lal emerged as winner. In the 2009 Vidhan Sabha elections, the party contested 87 out of the 90 total seats and won six. But five of its MLA's defected to Indian National Congress to support the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government.

In September 2013, Kuldeep Bishnoi declared his support for the BJP by backing the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.[3]

In 2014, the party aligned itself with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance to fight the general election in 2014. The HJC won the Hisar by-election.[4] However, in the 2014 general election, HJC chief Bishnoi lost to Dushyant Chautala in the same parliamentary constituency.[citation needed]

In August 2014, Bishnoi ended the alliance with the BJP and joined with the Venod Sharma-led Haryana Jan Chetna Party for the Assembly elections in Haryana.[5] They won two seats.[6]

On 28 April 2016, the party merged with the Indian National Congress. Bishnoi and his wife were the only two MLAs of the party in Haryana assembly . The merger, took place in the presence of Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi and Vice President, Rahul Gandhi.[7][8]

However, Pawan Pandit and his supporters claimed that Haryana Janhit Congress Party will continue.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "Kuldeep Bishnoi's Haryana Janhit Party merges with Congress to 'uproot BJP'". zeenews.india.com. Zee News. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "In 2 months,BSP dumps HJC,blames BJP". The Indian Express. 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Two couples from Haryana's popular political families slug it out - Page2 - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Hisar by-poll: Kuldeep Bishnoi wins; Team Anna says defeat a lesson for Congress". NDTV.com. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kuldeep Bishnoi-led Haryana Janhit Congress snaps ties with BJP". The Indian Express. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  6. ^ PTI (2014-10-19). "Policy". http://www.livemint.com/. Retrieved 2016-12-24.  External link in |newspaper= (help)
  7. ^ "Haryana Janhit Congress merges with Congress". 
  8. ^ "Haryana Janhit Congress merges with Congress". 
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