Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala's elder son Ajay Chautala Tuesday said his new party will contest next year's assembly elections and the Lok Sabha polls from all 10 seats in the state.
It's time to follow the path shown by Chaudhary Devi Lal, Ajay Chautala, who was recently expelled from the INLD, said.
Ajay Chautala, who is undergoing a 10-year jail term with father Om Prakash Chautala since 2013 in a teachers' recruitment scam, said the new party will hold a rally in Jind on December 9.
We will contest on all Lok Sabha seats (from Haryana) as well as the next state assembly elections, he told reporters at his Delhi home, hours before his two-week parole ended.
At a meeting in Jind last week, Ajay Chautala had said, "I hand over the INLD and the spectacles (party symbol) to my younger brother as a gift.
The two young leaders were shunted out after their slogan-shouting supporters allegedly targeted Abhay Chautala at an INLD rally in Gohana last month.
The Abhay Chautala camp had claimed that the younger brother had offered to hand over the Leader of Opposition post in Haryana Assembly to Ajay Chautala's MLA wife Naina Devi and make his son Dushyant Chautala the INLD's chief ministerial candidate.
Neither Naina demanded that she be given such a post nor has Dushyant made any such claim, the elder brother said.
Dushyant has always maintained that he will contest the parliamentary elections, he added.
On the Jind meeting, he said, We had called a meeting which turned into a rally. We thank all those who overwhelmingly supported us.
Asked if Dushyant Chautala will be given the main responsibility of the new outfit, he said, We all will all sit together and decide.
Ajay Chautala said he will brief INLD president Om Prakash Chautala, also lodged in Tihar jail, about the recent developments.
Chautala said he will also give the patriarch a list of INLD office bearers who have resigned after coming out in his support.
Asked what he had to say to those still in the INLD, he said, What is left in the party now. He added it was now Abhay Chautala's responsibility to run it.
Meanwhile, Abhay Chautala told reporters that his elder brother was blinded by his love for his sons.
One day they will have to apologise before (Om Prakash) Chautala saheb and admit that they made a big mistake, he said in Srisa, referring to alleged hooliganism at the INLD rally by supporters of his two nephews.
On the reported resignations, the younger Chautala said, No office bearer has resigned. People who have already been thrown out of the party are being paraded by them.
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