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INLD MLA Abhay Chautala resigns from Haryana Assembly over farm laws

Abhay Chautala drove a tractor to the Vidhan Sabha with his supporters and tendered his resignation to Speaker Gian Chand Gupta. Gupta accepted his resignation.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: January 27, 2021 7:56:52 pm
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INLD’s lone MLA in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Abhay Chautala, met Speaker Gian Chand Gupta on Wednesday and handed over his resignation in person. The Speaker has accepted Chautala’s resignation. Abhay Chautala, who represents Ellanabad Assembly constituency, had earlier offered to resign as MLA over Union government’s failure to repeal the three farm legislations.

Abhay is the first MLA in the 90-member House in Haryana who has resigned from the Assembly expressing solidarity with the farmers. However, there were a few Independent MLAs who had earlier withdrawn their support from the BJP in support of farmers. On December 1, Independent MLA from Dadri assembly constituency, Sombir Sangwan had withdrawn support from BJP. He had also resigned from the post of Chairman, Haryana Livestock Development Board. Earlier, another Independent MLA Balraj Kundu too had withdrawn his support from BJP citing farm laws.

Abhay and his supporters drove a tractor to the Vidhan Sabha and tendered his resignation to the Speaker Gian Chand Gupta.

Earlier this month, Abhay had sent a letter to the Speaker urging the Speaker to consider the same letter as his resignation. However, Speaker Gian Chand Gupta had not accepted the letter as Abhay’s resignation saying that “a conditional letter cannot be considered as the MLA’s resignation”. At that time, Abhay had announced that he would go to Vidhan Sabha on January 27 and tender his resignation, in person to the Vidhan Sabha Speaker.

Talking to the mediapersons earlier in the day, Abhay had squarely blamed BJP for Republic Day violence in Delhi.

“A few moments ago, Shri Abhay Singh Chautala, who represents Ellanabad Assembly constituency, came to me personally and tendered his resignation. I believe that the resignation that he has submitted is correct in all technical aspects. I have accepted it. He has referred to his earlier two letters that he had sent to me citing Union government’s refusal to accept farmers’ demands,” Speaker Gian Chand Gupta told mediapersons.

After his resignation, Abhay said, “I am walking on the footsteps of my grandfather Chaudhary Devi Lal who had worked his entire life for the welfare of farmers. If anybody works against the interest and welfare of farmers, our party shall always stand against it. There is the government in this state that framed laws that are anti-farmer. Opposition (Congress) rather than raising farmers’ voice, walks out of the Assembly. As a member of the Vidhan Sabha, I sit there and watch all this happening, I cannot do that. I had earlier said that if the Union government does not hear farmers’ demands, then I would resign on January 27. I had written to Speaker twice earlier, but he told me that I should come in person to submit my resignation. Thus, I came to Chandigarh today and submitted my resignation”.

Talking about his future programme, Abhay said, “I will tour entire Haryana. I will focus on all these constituencies where 80-85 per cent voters are farmers. I will also focus on those Assembly constituencies, where MLAs had offered to stand with farmers. The time has come for MLAs who told farmers that they were their saviours to resign.”

Targeting Dushyant Chautala led JJP, Abhay said, “Those who put up Chaudhary Devi Lal’s pictures, if they do not resign at this time, they are a blot on Chaudhary Devi Lal’s image.”

Abhay also took a dig at Congress and added, “Bhupinder Singh Hooda had not gone to any farmer protest site. Only Deepender went, but when he was not allowed he went to another place where a bunch of farmers were cooking food. On the other hand, I had gone to all such protest sites, be it Singhu border or Tikri border. People welcomed me and said that they welcome me and thousands of people who had gone with me. I told them I had gone to fulfil my responsibility as a farmer. Even today, we are offering langar in the name of Chaudhary Devi Lal at those protest sites.”

“When the bypoll will be held in Ellanabad, people will decide who would represent them. Chaudhary Devi Lal, too, had resigned and then re-contested and won. People of Ellanabad will decide if I need to contest the bypoll again,” Abhay said.

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