The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Wednesday announced that it will give 33 per cent tickets to women candidates in the Haryana Assembly polls scheduled for October 21.
The announcement was made by former Chief Minister and INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala while addressing the ‘Samman Diwas Rally’ to commemorate the birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal at Kaithal. Chautala also said that the party will release its list of candidates on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2).
Bid to woo women voters
By announcing 33 per cent tickets to women, the INLD in Haryana has made an attempt to woo the women voters. This also appears an attempt to bring novelty in its ideas at a time when the INLD has faced repeated setbacks especially a political split in the Chautala family. “One third tickets to women in polls has been a long pending demand but no mainstream party has implemented it yet. The INLD will give 30 tickets to women for the 90-member Haryana Assembly,” said INLD secretary general R S Chaudhary, a former IAS officer. Swaraj India of Yogendra Yadav has also announced 33 per cent seats to women for Haryana Assembly polls.
Extolling the contribution of Chaudhary Devi Lal in pioneering farmer-friendly policies when in power, Chautala said that while other political parties have only paid lip service to farmers, the INLD is the only party that has never failed to deliver on its words. He promised that the moment INLD is voted back to power it will ensure that the Swaminathan Commission report is implemented so that the farmer gets fair and remunerative prices for their produce. At present, he said, the farmers are perennially in debt with no hope of relief.
He assured that with the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission Report, the farmer will no longer be dependent on loans for farming.
INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala too made major poll promises during the rally. He said that if voted to power, INLD will wavile of loans of farmers and small traders to the tune of Rs ten lakh. In addition the electricity bill for agricultural consumption too will be waived and the electricity bill for domestic consumption of farmers will be halved.
He also promised a grant of Rs five lakhs for each girl as ‘kanyadan’ at the time of her marriage. In addition, the party has also promised free higher education for girls.
Other promises made during the rally by Abhay Singh included a job to at least one member of a family and an unemployment allowance of Rs 15,000 to the youth.
Criticising the present government’s policy regarding tractors, he reminded the people that Devi Lal had recognised tractor as integral to the farmers’ needs and exempted it from taxes terming it as ‘farmer’s gadda’.
“The INLD after coming to power will bear all expenses for the registration of the tractors.”
In recognition of the contribution of Haryana’s youth in defending the borders of the country, INLD promised a two-room house in a 200 metres plot to each of defence forces personnel.