Cri­sis deep­ens in INLD as Chau­tala loy­al­ists claim Dushyant ‘sus­pended’

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Htpunjab&haryana - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­ ■

CHANDI­GARH : The fac­tion-rid­den In­dian Na­tional Lok Dal (INLD) reeled un­der in­tense in­fight­ing on Fri­day, a day af­ter an ex­as­per­ated and ag­ing party supremo Om Prakash Chau­tala cracked his whip by dis­solv­ing the youth and stu­dent wings of the party.

Chau­tala’s move to re­con­sti­tute the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive and re­move two dis­trict pres­i­dents, be­sides dis­so­lu­tion of the youth and stu­dents wings, is be­ing seen as an at­tempt to re­gain firm con­trol over the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

How­ever, party af­fairs are far from set­tled, and are shap­ing for the worse.

A sec­tion of the INLD lead­er­ship on Fri­day went about cir­cu­lat­ing con­tents of a show-cause no­tice and a sus­pen­sion or­der of Hisar MP Dushyant Singh Chau­tala from the party’s pri­mary mem­ber­ship for his al­leged an­tiparty ac­tiv­i­ties.

The top lead­er­ship of the INLD on the other hand nei­ther con­firmed nor de­nied the ini­ti­a­tion of dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against him.

Leader of the Op­po­si­tion in Haryana assem­bly Ab­hay Chau­tala on Fri­day re­fused to con­firm or deny any such de­vel­op­ment. “I have no in­for­ma­tion in this re­gard,’’ Chau­tala said at a press con­fer­ence.

His war­ring nephew Dushyant Chau­tala too re­fused to com­ment on the mat­ter. Dushyant’s more vo­cal sib­ling, Digvi­jay though de­nied hav­ing re­ceived any such com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the party.

Party lead­ers loyal to Om Prakash Chau­tala, how­ever, were busy cir­cu­lat­ing bits and pieces of in­for­ma­tion about dis­ci­plinary

ac­tion against Dushyant.

Some of them said that INLD of­fice sec­re­tary Nach­hatar Singh Mal­han had sent the no­tice to the Hisar MP, cit­ing the lat­ter’s al­leged anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties, and also com­mu­ni­cat­ing his sus­pen­sion from the pri­mary mem­ber­ship of the party.

Dushyant is learnt to have been asked to ex­plain his con­duct

within seven days.

HT could not in­de­pen­dently ver­ify the con­tents of the no­tice served to the Hisar MP.

“Ini­ti­at­ing dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against Dushyant is a part of Chau­tala’s craft to send out a strong mes­sage to the de­fi­ant young­sters in the party. How­ever, the party chief would not like to go pub­lic on this as it does not suit him po­lit­i­cally. This would give han­dle to his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents to slight him and fuel the on­go­ing rift be­tween his two sons,’’ said a party func­tionary, who did not wish to be named.


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