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INLD is out of NDA, says Chautala

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 19:32

Fatehabad (Haryana): A day after BJP
snapped ties with Indian National Lok Dal, the INLD president
and former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on Tuesday said that
his party was now no longer part of the saffron party led
National Democratic Alliance.

"We have come out of NDA and are no longer part of
it," Chautala told mediapersons and charged the BJP with
ditching them "again and again" and vowed to not to be part of
the party again.

He said that keeping the Congress party at bay has
been his main aim so he had "compromised" by being part of the
BJP many times in the past. "In 1977, BJP had ditched
(Chautala`s father and former Deputy Prime Minister) Chaudhary
Devi Lal, yet we formed alliance in 1982 and 1987 with them.

In 1996, the BJP formed alliance with HVP and ditched
that party also. Yet INLD helped (former Prime Minister) Atal
Bihari Vajpayee to become Prime Minister in 1998 by giving
unconditional support of our four MPs," he said.

He said in 2004, despite INLD`s consistent and
unconditional support of five Lok Sabha MPs to the BJP
government, "BJP left us again and declared candidates for
the Lok Sabha elections without consulting INLD".

"Despite our previous bad experiences, INLD again
allied with BJP in 2008 but they have shown their true colour
again," he said referring to the BJP`s announcement in
Chandigarh yesterday of snapping ties with the INLD.

With BJP maintaining that INLD was sparing very less
seats for them to contest the upcoming Haryana Assembly
polls, Chautala disclosed that BJP was asking for 45 seats.

"We asked them to sit and decide (the seat sharing
issue) on the basis on winnability, but they were adamant
(asking for half the total seats) and unilaterally announced
to break away the alliance," the INLD chief said.

Replying to a query, Chautala declared that INLD would
contest on all the 90 seats independently.

He said that INLD would not enter into any alliance
with any other party for the upcoming polls. "However the post
poll alliance is possible," he added.

To a question on who all would contest the upcoming
polls from his family, Chautala disclosed that only he would
contest from the family. While his elder son, Ajay Chautala
is a Rajya Sabha MP, his younger son Abhay Chautala is a
former MLA.

"INLD will soon announce its manifesto," he said in
response to a question.

Meanwhile, reiterating INLD`s demand to declare the
state as drought-hit, Chautala criticized the state government
for not declaring the state as drought hit despite much below
normal monsoon rains this year.

"Despite the drought and record low rainfall no relief has
been given to the people, especially the farmers," he said and
criticised the Congress government in the State and at the
Centre for having allegedly failed to check rising prices.

"The people of Haryana are highly annoyed with the Congress
party for its ill governance and total collapse of law and
order in the state," he said.

The Congress government has failed on all fronts and could
not fulfill any of its tall pre-poll promises like bringing
SYL water to the state, jobs to one member of every family and
24 hour power supply to all, he alleged.

The INLD chief also criticized the alleged misuse of public
money to highlight the "personal political image of Chief
Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda".

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 19:32

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