Lok Sabha polls saw JJP’s Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala, INLD’s Arjun Chautala — all three great-grandsons of former Deputy PM Devi Lal, Congress contestant and grandson of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, Bhavya Bishnoi, fail to win the seats from where they contested.
JJP contested on seven seats and its ally AAP on remaining three. While JJP remained on third position in three constituencies, fourth position in three and fifth position in one constituency; AAP finished fourth in one constituency and finished on fifth position in two.
Dushyant was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014 as INLD candidate is contesting this year’s polls as a nominee of the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), the political outfit he founded alongwith father and jailed leader Ajay Chautala after they were expelled from the parent party.
The JJP has bet big on the youth with the eldest of the four candidates being 37 and the youngest 30. It has fielded Nirmal Singh Malhari, Pradeep Deswal and Swati Yadav from Sirsa (reserved), Rohtak and Bhiwani-Mahendergath seats, respectively.
Taking a jibe at Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, he said, “The CM has forgotten that D is also the alphabet with which begins the name of former Vice-president of India, Devi Lal. Development and disha (direction) also starts with D”.
Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) chief Dushyant Chautala says employment for youth is his party’s biggest concern, calls for 75 per cent reservation for people from Haryana in jobs in the state, insists his split with INLD is a thing of the past and is also optimistic about the JJP’s prospects in the Jind bypolls.