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punjab Updated: Nov 02, 2015 10:30 IST
Neeraj Mohan
Neeraj Mohan
Hindustan Times

Senior INLD leader Abhay Chautala addressing a rally in Rohtak on Sunday. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)

Leader of Opposition in Haryana assembly and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA Abhay Chautala asked the people of the state, especially his party workers, not to pay their electricity bills “till the BJP government withdraws the hike in power tariff.”

Addressing the INLD’s ‘Samman Divas’ rally organised in the honour of party founder and late deputy prime minister Devi Lal, he also promised to provide “special reservation” to five communities, including Jats, if the INLD came to power in 2019 assembly polls.

“Former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala had asked me to send his message that special reservation under the OBC category will be provided to five communities Jats, Jat Sikh, Bishnois, Tyagis and Rors if the INLD is voted to power in next assembly polls”, said Abhay while doling out a promise to revive the quota, which was initially announced by the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government, but was struck down by the Supreme Court later.

He also demanded a probe in the purchase of paddy below minimum support price (MSP) in the state.


Addressing the rally, national Janata Dal (U) spokesperson KC Tyagi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of turning a blind eye to the plight of the farmers.

“Farmers in the country are committing suicides, but the Prime Minister is busy in his foreign tours along with rich industrialists,” he said.

“The BJP also failed to fulfil its promise of implementing recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission (on remunerative prices of crops) and there is no relief for debt-ridden poor farmers. On the other hand, the government is providing cheaper loans to big industrialists”, he added.

“Rich industrialists do not repay their loans and not even a single arrest has been made by the government while farmers are being forced to pay their loans,” he added.

Tyagi also also prayed for “good health of (INLD supremo) Om Prakash Chautala till 2019 (assembly elections). “I pray for Chautalaji’s good health as we want to see him as chief minister of Haryana again”.

Notably, Chautala Senior and his elder son Ajay Chautala are currently serving a ten-year sentence in the Tihar jail after being convicted in a teachers’ recruitment scam in Haryana.

Young Chautalas main attraction

In the absence of OP Chautala and Ajay Chautala, party’s general secretary, the third generation leaders of the Devi Lal clan --Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala and his younger brother Digvijay Chautala --remained the main attraction at the rally.

The youth wing of the party managed to organise a considerable crowd in Rohtak, which is considered the stronghold of Hooda and is represented by his son Deepender Hooda in the Lok Sabha.

In his brief speech, Dushyant said that INLD was gaining popularity in the state and people were fed up of the wrong policies of the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state. He also dared the BJP leaders to match the crowd at the INLD rally during the their upcoming rally to be addressed by Modi on November 5.

OP Chautala still CM candidate of INLD

The INLD leadership maintained that its (jailed) supremo OP Chautala would be the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the next assembly elections Abhay Chautala and state party chief Ashok Arora asserted that the Chautala Senior would become the state CM after 2019 assembly polls.