The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Monday announced to extend its unconditional support to Narendra Modi, the prime minister-elect of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"I, along with the three other MPs - Rajya Sabha members Ram Kumar Kashyap, Ranbir Singh Prajapati and Sirsa MP Charanjit Singh Rori - met BJP president Rajnath Singh on Monday in New Delhi and offered our support. It was a pre-poll public commitment to support Modi as PM but the support will be from outside and the INLD will not join the NDA," the newly-elected parliamentarian from Hisar, Dushyant Singh Chautala, told Hindustan Times.
At 26, Dushyant, the fourth generation politician of the former deputy prime minister Devi Lal's clan, is the youngest member elected to the Lok Sabha.
He had defeated the sitting Hisar MP Kuldeep Bishnoi, the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP-HJC alliance with a margin of 31,847 votes.
Dushyant clarified that in the forthcoming assembly elections, the INLD would contest all 90 seats and there would be no alliance with the BJP.
"Despite an immense wave of "Modi factor" in the country including Haryana, we won seats with impressive margins. Rebel Congress leaders (Rao Inderjit Singh, Dharambir Singh, Ramesh Chander Kaushik) who joined the BJP and got elected in the parliament only due to the Modi factor and not due to the BJP," he said.
The young leader said that granting the status of "counter magnet city" for Hisar would be his top priority.
In 2003, the Centre had announced to promote Hisar to ease pressure on Delhi, he said.
"Respective Congress MPs from Hisar including Jai Prakash, late Bhajan Lal and now Kuldeep Bishnoi did not even bother to raise the issue. Once the project is executed, Centre would be release special development fund for the constituency and several major companies would shift their base to Hisar which would bring hope of employment to the local youth," he said.
Taking a dig at Bishnoi, Dushyant said the HJC chief did not visit most of the constituencies as he sought votes on caste lines and was rejected by the voters.
"Besides hard work by my party workers, part of my victory goes to Bishnoi for indulging in petty caste-based tactics that people voted for the INLD," he said in a lighter vein.
Terming Bishnoi as a "drawing room" politician, INLD MP said that the HJC president first created a drama of quitting as the party president but later withdrew it.
"No one knows to whom Bishnoi gave the resignation and from whom he withdrew it," he said.