Jind (Haryana): Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala’s grandson and Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala on Sunday launched a new outfit Jannayak Janata Party.
This development came after a power struggle in the main opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) last month. The announcement by the group led by OP Chautala’s elder son Ajay Singh Chautala was made at a well-attended rally at Jind, considered as the political heartland of the state.
The INLD had split following differences between Ajay Singh Chautala and his younger brother Abhay Chautala. Ajay Chautala is undergoing a 10-year jail term along with father Om Prakash Chautala since 2013 in a teachers’ recruitment scam and could not make it to the rally.
The flag of the new outfit, whose predominant green colour bears resemblance with INLD flag and also has a smaller patch in yellow colour, carries pictures of Om Prakash Chautala’s father and former deputy prime minister Devi Lal in the centre. The flag of the new outfit was unveiled here by Ajay’s wife and MLA Naina Chautala.
Ajay’s other son Digvijay Chautala, three rebel MLAs of INLD including Rajbir Phogat, former Speaker Satbir Singh Kadian, were among those present. The name of the new party begins with `Jannayak’, a reference to Devi Lal, with various speakers at the rally pledging to walk the path shown by the late leader.
Over recent weeks, the feud saw the expulsion of Ajay Chautala and his sons, Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala, from the Haryana-based party headed by Om Prakash Chautala. The two young leaders were shunted out after their slogan-shouting supporters allegedly targeted Abhay Chautala at an INLD rally in Gohana in October.
In the feud, Om Prakash Chautala threw his weight behind his younger son Abhay Chautala.
Addressing the public gathering here, Dushyant Chautala said that time has come to make a new beginning and bring in a change while promising that the new outfit will follow the path shown by Devi Lal and lay the foundation for the ouster of BJP, Congress and the INLD in upcoming polls. The new outfit will contest all 10 Lok Sabha seats from the state and also fight the Vidhan Sabha polls, he said.
“Today, every party has lost connect with the people..people want change and our party will provide them with the alternative,” Dushyant said. He also touched upon the circumstances and developments which took place in recent weeks within INLD that ended in a split and the decision to float the new outfit.
“Flow of rivers cannot be stopped…,” he said, taking a veiled dig at his uncle Abhay Singh Chautala, who while addressing a meeting of party’s state executive in Chandigarh on Sunday, claimed that the new outfit will disintegrate shortly.
Abhay Chautala dared Dushyant to resign as Lok Sabha member of the INLD if he was so sure of his popularity.
He claimed that the group led by Ajay had hinted to walk a separate path when they formed organisations like Jannayak Sewa Dal and INSO. Dushyant, meanwhile said in the rally that “Tau Devi Lal always fought for rights of farmers and weaker sections. He was always above petty politics”.
About the colour of the flag, he said while green was symbolic of security, progress, brotherhood, yellow symbolises happiness, energy and optimism. “The party will run on the path shown by Tau Devi Lal and with Ajay Singh’s loyalists and by what public want..,” he said. Dushyant tried to justify why the banners and posters at the rally did not bear the photo of OP Chautala.