Chandigarh: Indian National Lok Dal’s (INLD) party chief Om Prakash Chautala expelled his elder son Ajay Singh Chautala from the primary membership of the party for anti-party activities on Wednesday. Ajay has also been stripped of his state unit secretary general’s post.
The decision was announced by INLD state unit chief Ashok Arora in Chandigarh in the presence of senior party leaders and Ajay Chautala‘s younger brother, Abhay Singh Chautala. Arora read out a letter from Om Prakash Chautala, who is currently in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
Responding to the development, Ajay’s son Digvijay Chautala said the whole exercise was a conspiracy and the expulsion letter read by Arora was ‘forged’.
Two weeks earlier, that is, November 2, Lok Sabha MP Dushyant Chautala and his younger brother Digvijay Chautala were also expelled from the party. Incidentally, even Dushyant had refused to accept his expulsion and had pointed out that neither has his expulsion order been issued officially by the INLD nor has the party’s national executive met to decide the issue.
A meeting of the INLD leadership has been called by Ajay Chautala at Jind on November 17. Significantly, the Abhay faction had also called a parallel meeting at Chandigarh on the same day asking all MLAs, Ex-MLAs and other office-bearers to attend the meeting.
A statement which was earlier issued by the party on the expulsion of Dushyant and Digvijay read, “Both Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Singh had been accused of indiscipline, hooliganism and spreading disaffection within the party against the party leadership during the birthday celebrations of Chaudhary Devi Lal in Gohana on October 7.”
“He (Om Prakash Chautala) conveyed to the party office that he did not need any outside evidence since he was a witness to the indiscipline and unruly scenes that also continuously interrupted his speech on that day but still he had referred the matter to the Disciplinary Action Committee of the party. The committee has concluded that both are guilty as charged,” it read.