Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala’s elder son Ajay Chautala led group launched a new outfit – Jannayak Janata Party – following a split in main opposition INLD last month.
Announcement of the new party was made at a rally at Jind, considered as the political heartland of the state. At a well-attended rally, Ajay Chautala’s wife and MLA Naina Chautala unveiled the flag of the new political outfit, along with senior leader K C Bangar, former chairman of Haryana Public Service Commission.
Chautala’s His two sons – Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala – were among those present. The name of the new party begins with `Jannayak’, a reference to former deputy prime minister Devi Lal, with various speakers at the rally vowing to follow his ideals.
The Indian National Lok Dal had split last month following a power struggle between Ajay Chautala and his younger brother Abhay Chautala. Ajay Chautala is undergoing a 10-year jail term with father Om Prakash Chautala since 2013 in a teachers’ recruitment scam.
Over recent weeks, the feud saw the expulsion of Ajay Chautala and his sons, Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala, from the Haryana-based party headed by Om Prakash Chautala.
The two young leaders were shunted out after their slogan-shouting supporters allegedly targeted Abhay Chautala at an INLD rally in Gohana in October.
In the feud, Om Prakash Chautala, the son of Devi Lal, threw his weight behind his younger son Abhay Chautala. Meanwhile, Abhay Chautala, who is also Leader of Opposition, held a meeting of party’s state executive including his MPs, MLAs and state executive members in Chandigarh.