‘No cloud hanging over INLD-BSP alliance’

first_imgINLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala has rejected reports that his party’s alliance with the BSP was under strain after the drubbing it received in the Jind bypoll, asserting that the two parties will jointly contest the coming polls. “Has anyone said that the INLD-BSP alliance ended? Our alliance stands. We entered into an alliance (last year) to fight (the upcoming) Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls together and we will jointly contest these polls,” he said. “If there are any issues, we will sit together and discuss them,” he said at a press conference after his party’s executive committee meeting, which was chaired by Indian National Lok Dal’s State unit chief Ashok Arora here. Abhay Chautala, the younger son of INLD chief and ex-Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, said that “a section of media is trying to portray as if our alliance has broken. Has any BSP leader given a statement that this alliance has ended?” “(Bahujan Samaj Party supremo) Mayawati has said that the INLD, which has split, should unite which will strengthen the alliance. After the Jind bypoll, I spoke to her,” Mr. Chautala said. Asked what transpired between the two leaders, he said, “all things cannot be made public”. Jind defeatThe INLD failed to hold on to the Jind seat, which was represented by its senior leader Hari Chand Middha, whose death in August last year had necessitated the bypoll. Middha’s son Krishan Middha, a BJP candidate, registered an emphatic win. But Abhay Chautala’s nephew Digvijay Chautala of the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) finished at number two spot. The INLD’s Umed Singh Redhu lost his security deposit and finished a poor fifth. The JJP was floated in December last year after feud in the Chautala family. Ajay Singh Chautala is patron of the JJP while his two sons — Digvijay and Dushyant Chautala — are spearheading the party in the absence of Ajay Chautala, who is serving a jail term in connection with the teachers recruitment scam in Haryana. At the humiliating defeat of INLD candidate Umed Singh Redhu in the Jind bypoll, Abhay Chautala said the Election Commission should order a probe into the alleged misuse of money power.last_img

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