Ideological differences with INLD led to split: Dushyant Chautala

Hisar Lok Sabha MP and Jannayak Janata Party leader Dushyant Chautala during an interview with The Hindu in New Delhi.

Hisar Lok Sabha MP and Jannayak Janata Party leader Dushyant Chautala during an interview with The Hindu in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma


Modi-like wave in favour of Jannayak Janata Party, says Hisar Lok Sabha MP

Hisar Lok Sabha MP Dushyant Chautala has said difference in political ideology with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leadership made it imperative for “decisions to be made” and that the formation of the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) earlier this month was one such decision.

Speaking exclusively to The Hindu, he said the INLD confined itself to the rural constituency and remained stuck on the issue of the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal alone for the past over two years, failing to strongly raise the issue of loan waiver for farmers and employment for youth in the State.

“After Ajay Singh Chautala, Digvijay Singh and I were expelled from the party [the INLD], the time had come to for decisions to be made. Mr. Ajay Chautala held deliberations with well-wishers across 22 districts and decided to start afresh,” said Mr. Dushyant Chautala at his 18, Janpath residence here earlier this week.

Denying that the split in the INLD was an outcome of a “power struggle” between the Chautalas, he said, “When we are not in power, how it can it be a power struggle? When political ideologies differ, decisions have to be made.”

He claimed that the JJP was taking all sections of society along, be it intellectuals, doctors, professors, urbanites, the rural population, the youth, the elderly or farmers. He stressed that he had raised issues concerning farmers, students, women and the trading community during his December 9 rally in Jind, held to announce the formation of JJP.

“We spoke about farmers reeling under debt, proposed that 75 % jobs in Haryana be reserved for the locals, raised the issue of crimes against women and tried to reach out to the trading community as well,” he said.

Claiming there was a “Modi-like wave” in favour of the JJP in Haryana, the youngest Lok Sabha MP said he was particularly overwhelmed by support from the youth.

“There are a total of 1.71 crore electorate in Haryana. Of these, 92 lakh voters are below the age of 45 years. The makes it amply clear that the youth are capable of forming a government on their own. I believe the youth will bring about a political change in the State this time around,” he said.

Stating that leaders who had earlier worked with former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal, like Kripa Ram Punia, were returning to the party fold to take the former Haryana Chief Minister’s legacy forward, Mr. Dushyant Chautala added that a dozen leaders from across political spectrum in the State were likely to join the party in January.

The 30-year-old legislator said putting in place a sound organisational set-up was his top priority. He added that a month-long membership drive, ‘Jan Jan Abhiyan’, will start from January 1, besides the launch of the ‘One Booth-Dus Youth’ campaign. “Through this campaign, 1.7 lakh youth will be trained and made booth agents at 17,000 booths in Haryana,” said Mr. Dushyant Chautala.

Terming the BJP government at the Centre as ‘jumlon ki sarkar [a government of empty promises]’ and the State government a “complete failure”, he said the final decision on any possible alliance by the JJP will be made by its Parliamentary Affairs Committee. “As of now, we plan to go it alone and contest all the Lok Sabha and the Vidhan Sabha seats in Haryana. We hope to emerge as the single largest party in the Haryana Lok Sabha and also form government in the State,” he said.

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