Abhay calls INLD meet to counter neph­ews’ rally

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab & Haryana - Ra­jesh Moudgil ra­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■


CHANDIGARH: In­dian Na­tional Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala has called a meet­ing of the party’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee on Sun­day to counter his neph­ews’ rally at Jind on the same day.

While the party main­tains that the meet­ing has been called to dis­cuss INLD’s strat­egy for the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion elec­tions, many are see­ing at it as a move aimed at coun­ter­ing the first ma­jor po­lit­i­cal gath­er­ing be­ing held by Hisar MP Dushyant and party’s youth leader Digvi­jay, the sons of Abhay’s el­der brother Ajay Chautala who have an­nounced to launch a new po­lit­i­cal out­fit in Jind on Sun­day.

When con­tacted, INLD state pres­i­dent Ashok Arora said that there was no truth in the sup­po­si­tion that the meet­ing was called to counter the Jind rally. “It has been called to as­sign party lead­ers their du­ties for may­oral polls in the state,” he said.

The two sides in the Chautala clan have been on a spar­ring trail ever since Dushyant and Digvi­jay were ex­pelled from the party on Novem­ber 2 for indis­ci­pline at Go­hana rally on Oc­to­ber 7. INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala had also dis­solved the party’s stu­dent wing In­dian Na­tional Stu­dents’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (INSO) while ex­pelling his grand­sons. The problems es­ca­lated fur­ther af­ter Ajay was also re­moved from the party on Novem­ber 14 for an­tiparty ac­tiv­i­ties.

The then na­tional pres­i­dent of INSO, Digvi­jay had also re­cently taken over MLA flat No 17, which used to be INLD head of­fice till re­cently and held an INSO meet­ing. The INLD had va­cated its state of­fice it oc­cu­pied for about 13 years, from MLA Flat No 17, Sec­tor 3, to Flat No 47, Sec­tor 4, as the for­mer was al­lot­ted to Naina Chautala, the wife of Ajay.

Ajay is serv­ing im­pris­on­ment in the JBT re­cruit­ment case along with his fa­ther and for­mer four-time chief minister Om Prakash Chautala since 2013.

Mean­while, Dushyant Chautala re­mained tight-lipped when asked about de­tails about his new party.

“We will an­nounce its name only on Sun­day. The new party would have four ac­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der its wings.”

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