Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) president Om Prakash Chautala on Wednesday said he had fulfilled his promise to his party workers about coming out of jail and to campaign for the assembly polls.
Speaking at a public meeting in favour of INLD candidates contesting from Kaithal district’s four constituencies — Kailash Bhagat from Kaithal, Ram Pal Majra from Kalayat, Buta Singh from Guhla and Tejvir Singh from Pundri— he said, “When party workers used to meet me in jail, I used to ask them if the INLD would win the polls and they used to say that if I came out of jail and canvassed for the party, we would surely win. I used to tell them that I would surely come out even if I have to break the jail for it.”
Highlighting this, Chautala reminded the people that now that he had kept his word it was time for the workers to do the same and ensure the party’s victory with a thumping majority.
He claimed the party would make a clean sweep because of a strong wave in their favour in districts such as Panchkula,Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Sonepat, Palwal, Mewat and Kaithal.
On his conviction in the JBT scam, he said it was shocking that he had been jailed for providing jobs to 3,206 persons. "What is wrong if I provided livelihood means to those families," asked the INLD chief.
Chautala, who is currently out on bail, heaped praises on party workers for working hard even in his absence and hinted that he would come out of jail and become chief minister.
He also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the latter’s rally at Karnal had paved the way for INLD's victory there and urged Modi to do the same in all 90 assembly segments in the state to help INLD win.
The party does not need Modi's picture as Devi Lal’s photo is permanently pasted in our hearts, he said.
Chautala also came down heavily on the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana and pointed out that it had failed to provide two square meals to the masses, farmers were not given renumeration for their produce and that prices of agricultural inputs had skyrocketed.
The government excelled only in cruelty and dacoity, he said.
Chautala claimed that his party, if voted to power, would form separate committees for different categories such as traders and employees, to address the problems.