In an attempt to neutralise the Chautala effect in the upcoming Haryana assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has entrusted the responsibility of poll management of Dabwali, Ellenabad and Ucchana segments to Anirudh Chautala – the youngest grandson of India’s former deputy prime minister Devi Lal.
Abhay Chautala is contesting from Ellenabad, while Ajay Chautala's wife, Naina Chautala, is INLD’s candidate from Dabwali. Ajay's son, Dushyant Chautala, is in poll fray from Ucchana assembly segment.
Anirudh, who is the son of late Jagdish Chander (youngest son of Devi Lal), is a budding film maker and had grabbed the media headlines before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when he joined the Aam Aadmi Party. AAP in turn had supported the demands of ‘Yuva Bolega’, a non-political movement started and led by Anirudh.
Party sources said though Anirudh was a non entity in Haryana’s politicial domain, his campaigning against the Chautalas would certainly lay impact on voters’ mind on how Devi Lal's name was used by them to reap political benefits.
Anirudh, meanwhile, said his purpose of being active in poll campaign was to carry forward the values propagated by Devi Lal for the common people, and not to become one of those hard-nosed politicians.
However, the sources added that he was a ticket aspirant from Julana assembly segment.