Chandigarh: 2014 was an eventful year in Haryana both on the political front and otherwise as BJP captured power relegating Congress and INLD to the fringes while 'godman' Rampal episode and the separate SGPC issue also made headlines.
Patna: The BJP Friday described the erstwhile Janata Parivar's unity bid as "the great political drama" which would not have any impact on the political turf of Bihar which goes to Assembly polls late next year.
Senior BJP leader and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday dismissed as "tried and failed experiments" the ongoing efforts by some parties to resurrect Janata Dal and said his party saw "no problem" with it.
Facing a formidable challenge in their turfs from Narendra Modi-led BJP, several splinter groups of erstwhile Janata Dal are likely to choose a common leader during the coming winter session of parliament to put up a united fight.
Former Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma on Thursday termed as futile the efforts of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to bring six political parties of 'Janata parivar' (family) together and said that they would have seek Congress's help in the task of countering resurgent BJP.
While BJP swept Haryana, its aggressive campaigning against political dynasties got a mixed response as elder sons of former chief ministers Bhajan Lal and Bansi Lal lost their seats but most members of INLD clan managed to win in spite of their party's poor show.
After BJP's decision to go solo in Haryana paid off with the party storming to power for the first time on its own, the race for chief minister's post has now intensified with names of many aspirants doing rounds.
Reacting to Congress' poorest performance in Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections, party president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said that her party accepts the verdict in both the states with humility.
The fate of 1,351 candidates will be sealed by 1.63 crore voters in high-stakes multi-cornered contest in Haryana which goes to polls on Wednesday with top guns including the kin of the three famous 'Lals' battling it out in the state.