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Updated on: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 02:32 PM IST

New ‘Lals’ on the block in Haryana

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New Delhi : Haryana, the land famous for its `Lals’ and their politics, is now witnessing the electoral fight of the third and fourth generations of their political families. Second generation leaders from newer political families too are in the fray for the 10 Lok Sabha seats from the state.

Through the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Haryana’s politics revolved around the three `Lals’ – Devi Lal, Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal. All three of them became chief ministers of the state more than once.

Devi Lal, who went on to become deputy prime minister of the country and was considered one of the most towering Jat leaders in the state, has his fourth generation entering the fray.

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His great-grandson, Dushyant Chautala, 26, is contesting for the Hisar Lok Sabha seat in the April 10 Lok Sabha polls in Haryana.

The young Chautala, in his first electoral outing, is challenging sitting MP and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) president Kuldeep Bishnoi, son of former chief minister and prominent non-Jat leader Bhajan Lal, on the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) ticket. Bishnoi is a second generation leader in his family. His elder brother, Chander Mohan, remained deputy chief minister (2005 to 2008).

Dushyant is the grandson of former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and son of INLD leader Ajay Chautala. Both his father and grandfather are in Tihar jail, serving a 10-year term, following their conviction in a teachers’ recruitment scam. His uncle, Abhay Chautala, is leading the INLD campaign in this election.

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Former chief minister Bansi Lal’s granddaughter Shruti Chaudhary, a third generation leader, is seeking re-election to the Bhiwani-Mahendergarh Lok Sabha seat. She is the daughter of Haryana’s excise and taxation minister Kiran Chaudhary. Shruti was elected to the seat in 2009.

Billionaire industrialist Naveen Jindal is again in the fray for the Kurukshetra seat. A sitting Congress MP, he is the son of Haryana minister Savitri Jindal, officially the richest woman in the country as she lords over the huge Jindal empire as its chairperson. Jindal’s father, industrialist O.P. Jindal, was a minister in the Hooda government.

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Published on: Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:22 AM IST
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