On divergent paths, Ajay & Abhay bank on Devi Lal, Chautala legacyhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/on-divergent-paths-ajay-abhay-bank-on-devi-lal-chautala-legacy-5451911/

On divergent paths, Ajay & Abhay bank on Devi Lal, Chautala legacy

The Ajay faction’s announcement that another rally would be held at Jind within less than a month of Saturday’s rally, is also seen as an attempt to claim legacy of Chaudhary Devi Lal. Ajay faction will announce their new party here on December 9.

Ajay Chautala addresses the rally in Jind on Saturday. (Express photo)

and Abhay Chautala may have finally gone their separate ways but both factions are hoping for political gains in the name of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal.

Today, Dushyant Chautala announced that he would “continue struggling while considering Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala his ideal” while his uncle Abhay Chautala has already declared that his father Om Prakash Chautala would be next Chief Minister if the party was voted to power in the 2019 Assembly elections.

Abhay told Express, “If any legal hurdle comes in the way, Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala will take a call regarding the CM post. We have already been following principles of Chaudhary Devi Lal.”

Abhay had made a similar announcement three days back when the INLD had expelled Ajay Chautala. Next day, Ajay’s son Digvijay Chautala had told Express that his grandfather Om Prakash Chautala would be their chief ministerial candidate.

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The Ajay faction’s announcement that another rally would be held at Jind within less than a month of Saturday’s rally, is also seen as an attempt to claim legacy of Chaudhary Devi Lal. Ajay faction will announce their new party here on December 9.

Devi Lal had enjoyed great support in this part of Haryana which is central place of the state.

Devi Lal had launched his infamous ‘Nyay Yudh’ from Jind  in 1986.

“This is land of struggle. During the times of Chaudhary Devi Lal, Samasat Haryana Sammelan was held. We will hold similar Sammelan here on December 9,” said Ajay Chautala today. Jat community has considerable presence in the area.

Jind is also considered stronghold of INLD as the party had won three out of five Assembly seats of the district in 2014 polls. Further, its Assembly constituencies fall in three Lok Sabha segments; Hisar, Sirsa and Sonipat. So, any rally from here leaves wider impact on state’s politics and that’s why Ajay faction has chosen Jind to use it as their launching pad to fulfill their political ambitions.

During Saturday’s rally, Ajay Chautala kept three options before their supporters including to seek claim on INLD and its poll symbol – spectacles – secondly to make a coalition with another national-level political party which were thoroughly rejected by them and third to form a new political party on which the supporters gave their unanimous support.

Before the rally, according to a press release, a meeting was held at a banquet hall under the chairmanship of INLD national vice-president

Anant Ram Tanwar where the leaders called the expulsion of Ajay Chautala and his both sons including Hisar MP Dushanyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala “unconstitutional.” The leaders said that “Dushyant, Digvijay and their Mother Naina Chautala had given new direction to INLD but to no avail.”

Following which INLD leaders Anant Ram Tanwar, Phoolwati Devi, Brij Sharma, K C Bangar, Kanwar Singh, former ministers Jagdish Nayyar, Hari Singh Saini, former Assembly Speaker Satbir Kadayan, Former MLAs Nishan Singh, Ganga Ram, Virender Pal, Moola Ram, Makhan Singh, Ran Singh Beniwal, Narinder Sangwan, Ram Kumar Saini, Ishwar Palaka, Ashok Sherwal, Sheela Bhyan, Teluram Jogi, Jagdish Kadyan, Rakesh Jakhar, Satbir Singh Nautana, Badrudin, Jai Parkash Kamboj, Bhudev Sharma, Pardeep Gill, Randhir Singh Chika, Dharampal Makroli, Raj Kumar, Dayanand Kundu and hundreds more resigned from INLD.