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Chautalas' release and win in LS polls are linked: INLD

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  ASSANDH (KARNAL), April 02, 2014
First Published: 21:58 IST(2/4/2014) | Last Updated: 22:00 IST(2/4/2014)

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leadership on Wednesday said that key to release its top leaders undergoing jail term lies in its electoral victory.

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Addressing a gathering at Assandh in support of the party's candidate Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, the state president Ashok Arora urged the voters to ensure victory of all 10 INLD Lok Sabha candidates to ensure release of the ex-chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his legislator son Ajay Singh Chautala and senior party functionary and Ladwa legislator Sher Singh Badshami.

The three, along with other officials, were held guilty by a CBI court in recruitment of teachers scam. Lodged at Tihar Jail in New Delhi, the convicts were sentenced 10-year imprisonment.

"If our candidates are elected as MPs, our beloved leaders would soon come out of the jail," said Arora, while claiming that the top INLD leadership was a victim of political conspiracy.

But he did not support his statement, how would it be possible.

Owing to the conviction of Chautalas, no major political is turning up in support of the party.

But the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leadership from Punjab has emerged as the star campaigner for the INLD.

On Wednesday, Punjab deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal reached Assandh, a Sikh dominating town, and appealed the voters to wipe out the Congress.

SAD has an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Punjab but owing to their old personal relations with the Chautala family, Badals are siding with the INLD.

However, he refrained from making any comment on the BJP.

Sukhbir raised the issue of Congress president's foreign origin, who, he said, lacked connect with ethos of rural India.

Sukhbir raked up the issue of Operation Bluestar wherein the then Indira Gandhi government had attacked the Golden Temple premises to flush out the hiding militants.

"Congress is an enemy of Sikh kaum (community) and it was responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Sikhs cannot forget acts of former Congress  chief minister Bhajan Lal who treated Sikhs shabbily. We must not forget and take revenge by defeating it in the elections. Congress is solely responsible for the plight of poor, farmers and underprivileged strata," said Sukhbir, who was exclusively served chilled cans of diet cola drink on the dais.

He called senior Chautala and his son 'great leaders' who were targeted for being pro-people.

In a scathing attack on the Congress leadership, Sukhbir said that while Rahul Gandhi lacked leadership quality, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had no connect with the villagers and their problems.

Sidelights

INLD leaders including its state president Ashok Arora, Israna legislator Krishan Lal Panwar and others made fun of the physique of the BJP candidate from Karnal Ashwini Kumar Chopra. "He is a fat man and needs help of others even to take bath and walking around. How he could take care of you (voters)," they said in their speeches.

Arora called the Congress a "khooni panja" and "double-mouthed snake".

Punjab's deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal called Congress president Sonia Gandhi a "mem", who liked only pizzas and couldn't identify the standing crops in the fields.



 


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