Ajay Chautala group launches new party

Jind (Haryana): Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala’s grandson and Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala on Sunday launched a new outfit ‘Jannayak Janata Party’, an expected development that came following a power struggle in the main opposition INLD last month.

The announcement by the group led by O P Chautala’s elder son Ajay Singh Chautala was made at a well-attended rally at Jind, considered as the political heartland of the state, reports PTI. The Indian National Lok Dal had split following differences between Ajay Singh Chautala and his younger brother Abhay Chautala.

Ajay Chautala is undergoing a 10-year jail term along with father Om Prakash Chautala since 2013 in a teachers’ recruitment scam and could not make it to the rally.  The flag of the new outfit, whose predominant green colour bears resemblance with INLD flag and also has a smaller patch in yellow colour, carries picture of Om Prakash Chautala’s father and former deputy prime minister Devi Lal in the centre. The flag of the new outfit was unveiled here by Ajay’s wife and MLA Naina Chautala.

Ajay’s other son Digvijay Chautala, three rebel MLAs of INLD including Rajbir Phogat, former Speaker Satbir Singh Kadian, were among those present. The name of the new party begins with ‘Jannayak’, a reference to Devi Lal, with various speakers at the rally pledging to walk the path shown by the late leader.

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