With Chautala clan entering into a feud over leadership ahead of 2019 Assembly polls, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) president Om Prakash Chautala on Friday expelled his two grandsons Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala from the primary membership of the party with immediate effect.
He also removed Dushyant, who is Lok Sabha member from Hisar, from the post of leader of the INLD’s Parliamentary Board. Both Dushyant and Digvijay, who are sons of Chautala’s elder son Ajay Singh Chautala, were earlier suspended from the membership of the party.
This was after their supporters indulged in hooting in INLD’s Gohana rally on 7 October when their uncle Abhay Singh Chautala was speaking, while there were cheers for Dushyant who they demanded to be made the party’s chief ministerial candidate in 2019 Assembly polls.
Taking serious note of this, the senior Chautala – who is on parole and was present at the rally –warned action against this act of indiscipline and dissolved the youth wing of INLD and Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) led by the Dushyant and Digvijay, respectively.
“Both Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Singh had been accused of indiscipline, hooliganism and spreading disaffection within the party against the party leadership during the birthday celebrations of Chaudhary Devi Lal in Gohana on 7 October,” the INLD said in a statement on Friday.
The INLD president said that in view of the fact that Dushyant and Digvijay are members of his immediate family, it was not an easy decision for him to make.
But the party was always bigger than the individual or any family member.
“Thus he (Chautala) had to make a choice between the party and members of his family and he had chosen the party,” the INLD statement said quoting the party chief who is serving sentence in a recruitment scam along with his elder son Ajay.
With this development, INLD appears headed for a split and Ajay Chautala’s family may soon float a new party soon when Ajay will come out of jail on parole soon.