Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader & Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala
Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader & Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala

Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana, Dushyant Chautala, a day after he said he is 'hopeful the Government-Farmers deadlock will end soon', today reiterated that if he does not manage to secure MSPs for farmers, he will resign from his role in the Manohar Lal Khattar government.

Dushyant Chautala said, "Our party's national president already made it clear MSP must be assured to farmers. The written proposals given by Central govt yesterday included MSPs. I'll work to secure MSP to farmers as long as I'm Dy CM. I will resign when I'm unable."

Even yesterday, Dushyant Chautala, speaking after an "informal meeting" of the state cabinet at his home, where he hosted a lunch for Chief Minister M L Khattar and other colleagues, said he will resign if the minimum support price (MSP) system is threatened.

"As long as I can assure the MSP to farmers, I am here. The day I am unable to do so, I will be the first to quit," he said.

The JJP leader has been under pressure from the opposition and some Haryana farmers to withdraw from the BJP-led government in the state.

Dushyant Chautala speaking earlier in the day yesterday when he broke his silence on the farmers' protest at Delhi's borders, said he was hopeful of farmers' unions withdrawing their agitation after the Centre offered to give written assurances on MSP and their other demands.

On open support by his own party MLAs for the protesting farmers, he said, "I am a farmer first, when did I deny that?" He said it is "our responsibility" that farmers get the right price for their produce and "we have been assuring that and will continue to do so".

When the BJP fell short of the majority by six seats in the 90-member House after the 2019 Assembly polls, it entered a post-poll alliance with JJP that had 10 MLAs, with Dushyant being named as the Deputy CM.

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