In Punjab the BJP is an alliance partner in the government led by the Akali Dal, while in Haryana it has joined hands again with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) led by former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala.
There has never been a BJP-led government in either state, unlike in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh where the party is now in power.
Image: Industrialist and office-bearer of Punjab Congress unit Swaran Salaria, poses with BJP president Rajnath Singh and party leader Vinod Khanna, after joining BJP in New Delhi.
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