Ex­pul­sion il­le­gal, ‘Jaichands’ try­ing to hi­jack party: Dushyant

Says ac­tion with­out con­sent of INLD supremo OP Chau­tala; ‘sus­pen­sion doc­u­ment’ signed by of­fice sec­re­tary; no ex­pul­sion no­tice to date

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

CHANDI­GARH : Terming his ex­pul­sion from In­dian Na­tional Lok Dal (INLD) as il­le­gal, the party MP from Hisar, Dushyant Chau­tala, said on Satur­day that some ‘Jaichands’ (his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ter as­so­ci­ated with treach­ery) were try­ing to hi­jack the party by throw­ing him and oth­ers out by il­le­git­i­mate means.

Dushyant evaded vol­ley of ques­tions as to whom he was re­fer­ring to as ‘Jaichands’, though it was ap­par­ent that it was used for Ab­hay Chau­tala, his un­cle who is also the leader of op­po­si­tion in the state assem­bly.

Jaic­hand is be­lieved to have helped Muham­mad Ghori de­feat Prithvi­raj Chauhan in the sec­ond Bat­tle of Tarain by di­vulging the king’s war plans to Ghori.

Com­ing out be­fore the me­dia here for the first time af­ter his ex­pul­sion from the INLD on November 2, Dushyant’s replies made it am­ply clear that bat­tle for supremacy in the fam­ily as well in the party was only get­ting fiercer with every pass­ing day.

He, along with his younger brother Digvi­jay, who is the chief of INLD stu­dents’ wing In­dian Na­tional Stu­dents’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (INSO), were ex­pelled from Haryana’s prin­ci­pal op­po­si­tion party – INLD, on charges of hooli­gan­ism dur­ing the 105th birth an­niver­sary event of their great grand­fa­ther and for­mer deputy Prime Min­is­ter late Devi Lal on Oc­to­ber 7.

Con­tin­u­ing his tirade with­out nam­ing any­one, he said, “Nei­ther have I ever been in­formed nor called for any INLD meet­ing or dis­cus­sion de­spite be­ing a leader of the par­lia­men­tary party.”

When asked if his dif­fer­ences with Ab­hay Chau­tala were for the post of the chief min­is­ter, he replied in neg­a­tive. He said he would abide by any in­struc­tions given to him by party supremo Om Prakash Chau­tala as al­ways.

To the ques­tion pertaining to his ex­pul­sion, Dushyant cat­e­gor­i­cally said that there was no con­sent of OP Chau­tala for ac­tion against them. “Firstly, there was no hooli­gan­ism at the said event. I my­self raised slo­gans in praise of Devi Lalji, OP Chau­ta­laji, Ajayji and even Ab­hayji,” he said and added that he and his brother were sus­pended vide a no­tice is­sued by INLD of­fice sec­re­tary Nach­hat­tar Singh. “Also, we got to know from the me­dia that we have been ex­pelled vide a party press note even as we have not got any official com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the party to this date,” he said.

“I am an MP and only OP Chau­tala or the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee can ex­pel me,” Dushyant said and added that he had met his grand­fa­ther twice on the is­sue of party no­tice to him and that he (OP Chau­tala) had agreed with his point of view.

MET RAO, TALKED TO BADAL ON DI­WALI

On the ques­tion whether he had met BJP MP and Union min­is­ter Rao In­der­jit Singh and if for­mer Pun­jab chief min­is­ter Parkash Singh Badal talked to him, he said the same was right though the con­text was Di­wali fes­ti­val. “It would be wrong to give a po­lit­i­cal colour to it,” he held.

SHOW OF STRENGTH

Be­sides, for­mer INLD spokesper­son KC Ban­gar and na­tional vi­cepres­i­dent Phool­vati, sit­ting MLAS Prithi Singh, Anoop Dhanak, for­mer MLAS Nis­han Singh, Jagdish Na­yar, Ramesh Khatak, Makhkan Singh and sev­eral lead­ers of party district units ac­com­pa­nied him at the press con­fer­ence.

KARUN SHARMA/HT

INLD MP from Hisar Dushyant Chau­tala ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Chandi­garh on Satur­day.

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