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Ajay offers olive branch, with caveat Family feud Says will hold talks on terms that result in honourable compromise

November 07, 2018 08:04 AM

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Ajay offers olive branch, with caveat
Family feud Says will hold talks on terms that result in honourable compromise
Tribune Reporters

Hisar/jhajjar, November 6

Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) general secretary Ajay Singh Chautala, who is on a 15-day parole from Tihar jail, offered an olive branch before giving a war cry to settle the power struggle within the party.

“Humne har prayas kiya, aur bhi karenge. Par sammaan ke saath samjhauta ho, vo hi baat karenge (We made efforts in the past and will continue do so. But we will hold talks on terms that result in an honourable compromise),” Ajay said while addressing party workers in Bhiwani.
He quickly added, “We are not hungry for power. Honour is supreme.”

The Chuatala family has been hit by a feud ever since Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala’s supporters created ruckus at a Gohana rally last month. On November 3, INLD patriarch Om Prakash Chautala expelled his grandsons Dushyant and Digvijay from the INLD.


Quoting his father Om Prakash Chautala, who is siding with his younger son Abhay, Ajay said: “In his speeches, Chautalaji used to mention an episode from the Mahabharata. When Pandavas asked for five villages from Duryodhana, the latter refused to part with an inch of land. Then, Pandavas told him there would be no more pleading. It will be a war and you (Duryodhana) would be responsible for it.”

“Those indulging in this game (of power struggle) will face defeat,” he said.

On Abhay’s statement that “paid Congress men” had intruded into the INLD, Ajay said: “I pity those who see workers, who have given their lifetime to the party, in such light. Are people sitting here Congress men? Chaudhary Devi Lal and Om Prakash Chautala, too, were in the Congress, but they dumped the party when the Congress compromised the interests of weaker sections of society.”

At a meeting in Hisar, he reminded workers that his grandfather, Chaudhary Devi Lal, had once disowned Chautala. “But he had to withdraw his decision to hand over the reins of the party to Chautalaji.”

In Jhajjar, Ajay launched a veiled attack on the party leadership, claiming that leaders close to him were humiliated and reprimanded several times.

Ajay, accompanied by his younger son Digvijay Chautala, was addressing his supporters at the party office here on Tuesday.

He was accorded a warm welcome by INLD workers on reaching the office after a gap of two years. They raised slogans of ‘Ajay tum aage badho, hum tumhare saath hai’ (Ajay march ahead, we are with you).

“Many senior party leaders faced humiliation during party events. This won’t be tolerated anymore. I will fight for their rights. I neither wish an empire nor power. I want respect for party workers,” Ajay said, adding that the INLD was a party of its worker and not of any individual.

He recalled his father words: “You don’ get rights on request. You have to fight for rights.”

“We will follow my father’s saying and tread the path of struggle shown by Chaudhary Devi Lal,” Ajay said.

The INLD leader urged party workers to reach Jind on November 17 for deciding the next course of action. “Any decision will be taken keeping in mind your sentiments,” he told workers.

In his 10-minute speech, Ajay did not talk about the expulsion of his sons from the INLD.

Abhay meets Mayawati

Chandigarh: Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala on Tuesday met BSP supremo Mayawati to wish her Diwali greetings. Abhay gifted her jalebis from a famous shop in Gohana and kinnows from his farmhouse in Sirsa’s Tejakhera district. Sources said Mayawati and Abhay discussed the political scenario in Haryana. tns

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