Amid indications of its merger in Janata Parivar, the national executive of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) which met at Sirsa on Wednesday authorized party chief and former chief minister, Om Prakash Chautala to take a final decision on the merger.
Leader of the Opposition in Haryana assembly, Abhay Singh Chautala said in a statement that INLD would play an important role in the teaming up of like minded parties who once branched out of the erstwhile Janta Dal, an entity whose foundation was laid by his grandfather and former Deputy Prime Minister, Chaudhary Devi Lal.
He said that time has come for these like minded forces to join hands once again and create a third front.The INLD which unsuccessfully tried to gain entry in the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) despite the efforts of key NDA ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is looking for a foothold on the national scene.
“There is a feeling in the party that we need to be visible at the national level. This will considerably help party on the state scenario also,’’ said a INLD leader. Party sources said that sentiment at Wednesday’s meeting was that of making a move to merge the party in Janta Parivar.
The sentencing of INLD’s top leadership - former chief minister, Om Prakash Chautala and his elder son, Ajay Singh Chautala in a corruption case which was upheld by the Delhi High Court does not augur well for the party’s future.
The party has been out of power for the last decade and it could only manage to win 19 seats in 2014 assembly polls. The Delhi High Court decision has also come as a major blow to the party cadres.
“There is a need to galvanize the disheartened cadres who do not see much of a future for the party. INLD’s merger in Janata Parivar may just be the recipe for a revival,’’ said a INLD leader.