Another woman of the Chautala clan entered politics during the filing of nominations on Friday for the coming Zila Parishad elections.
Kanta Chautala, wife of state leader of opposition and Indian National Lok Dal's Ellenabad legislator Abhay Singh Chautala, is going to contest against her brother-in-law, Aditya Chautala of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), from Sirsa Zone 4. She filed her nomination papers before assistant returning officer Narendra Pal Singh Malik.
Abhay's son, Karan Chautala, filed his papers from Sirsa Zone 12. His ward, 12, is under his father's Ellenabad assembly segment, while Kanta Chautala's ward, 4, falls in the Dabwali assembly constituency of Sirsa, which Naina Chautala, wife of Ajay Chautala, represents. The political fight in the Chautala family began in 2000 when former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala defeated his younger brother, Ranjeet Singh of the Congress, in the Rori assembly election.
In the 2009 assembly elections, members of the Chautala family faced off again, three - Chautala's son Ajay Singh (INLD), brother Dr KV Singh (Congress), and nephew Ravi - in Dabwali alone. Ajay defeated his uncle and cousin.
After Ajay Chautala received 10-year prison sentence in the junior basic training (JBT) teacher recruitment scam case, his wife, Naina, fought the assembly election from Dabwali in 2014, becoming the first woman from the clan to come into politics. She defeated Dr KV Singh in a close contest.
Following in her footsteps, Om Prakash Chautala's younger daughter-in-law, Kanta, has taken on the son of late Jagdish Chautala, who was the former chief minister's younger brother. With the elders out, locals are eager to see the contest between the new Chautala generation. After Ajay's sons, Digvijay and Dushyant, now Abhay's son, Karan, has stepped into the family field. Contesting from Sirsa Zone 12, he also filed his nomination papers on Friday.
Aditya Chautala, who writes his name as Aditya Devi Lal Chautala to use the name of his grandfather, late former deputy prime minister Chaudhary Devi Lal, to seek votes, he is from the BJP, though. After filing his nomination papers, he said the Om Prakash Chautala family wanted red beacon (official car) for its every member. "This family of several MLAs and MP is the biggest example of dynastic politics, and if it has its way, it would give red beacon to even sarpanches," he said.
Reacting to it, Karan Chautala said he had independent views from the family. "But I'm proud that this family has been serving the people of Sirsa since the times of Chaudhary Devi Lal and my grandfather after him. Elections are an open field," he said. The party has fielded both his mother and him in the Sirsa Zila Parishad elections, hoping the Chautala magic still works.