All eyes on Ajay’s Nov 17 Jind meet

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - Ra­jesh Moudgil


CHANDI­GARH: The meet­ing of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Haryana’s prin­ci­pal op­po­si­tion party — In­dian Na­tional Lok Dal — at Jind on November 17, called by se­nior party leader Ajay Chau­tala, is cru­cial as he is likely to hit back at the Ab­hay Chau­tala camp over ex­pul­sion of both his sons, Hisar MP Dushyant and stu­dents’ wing leader Digvi­jay, from the party on November 2.

Though Dushyant, who spoke to me­dia for the first time af­ter the ex­pul­sion on Satur­day, only said that his fa­ther could take any de­ci­sion be­ing the sec­re­tary gen­eral of the state unit of INLD, he re­fused to elab­o­rate. Se­nior party lead­ers re­quest­ing anonymity say that Ajay Chau­tala could make new ap­point­ments or even sus­pend some peo­ple in the up­com­ing meet.

“Un­like the ex­pul­sion of Dushyant and Digvi­jay for which there was no signed com­mu­ni­ca­tion by party na­tional pres­i­dent Om Prakash Chau­tala, the party state sec­re­tary gen­eral Ajay Chau­tala has the power to take de­ci­sions with state ex­ec­u­tives as per the party con­sti­tu­tion,” a se­nior leader said. The meet­ing has been named as be­gin­ning of the ‘Nyaya Yudh’ (bat­tle for jus­tice).

Cur­rently on a two-week pa­role, Ajay, who is the el­der son of party supremo and four-time chief min­ster Om Prakash Chautla, is serv­ing im­pris­on­ment in the JBT re­cruit­ment case along with his fa­ther, is crit­i­cal of his sons’ ex­pul­sion. His wife Naina, who is MLA from Dab­wali, too has openly rued it.

Ajay has termed the on­go­ing tus­sle within his clan as the epic Ma­hab­harat war and that it was upto work­ers’ to choose from the Pan­davas or Dury­o­d­han. Though he did not name any­one, the ‘Dury­o­d­han’ re­mark is as an oblique ref­er­ence to his younger brother Ab­hay Chau­tala.

Dushyant too, on Satur­day, re­ferred to some ‘Jaichands’ try­ing to hi­jack the party by throw­ing him out.

To the ques­tion on party MLAS and other lead­ers’ sup­port to him, Dushyant point­edly said that as one could see a cou­ple of them with him as of now, one would see all of them at Jind on November 17. Out of power for the past 14 years, the INLD had 47 MLAS in 2000, but had fallen to nine in 2005, while in 2010, led by Ab­hay, the party raised its MLAS’ num­ber to 31, though in 2014 it could man­age only 19 seats out of to­tal 90.

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