Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala on Monday hit out at the BJP-led NDA government claiming that condition of farmers in the country has become worse under its tenure.
Chautala, who is Indian National Lok Dal president, said the country’s economy is basically farmer-oriented, but the peasants find themselves in miserable state.
“Like the Congress, the BJP too did not care about farmers due to which their condition has turned worse today,” he said addressing party workers’ meeting at the grain market at Ladwa in this district.
Chautala (84), was released on three-week furlough from Tihar Jail in Delhi last week. He along with his elder son Ajay Chautala is undergoing a jail term after their conviction in teacher’s recruitment scam in Haryana, Over the next few days, Chautala is scheduled to address series of party meetings across the state, at a time when INLD finds itself in crises.
INLD split recently and Chautala’s elder son Ajay Singh and grandsons Dushyant and Digvijay floated a separate political party-Jannayak Janata Party (JJP).
INLD, which is the main opposition in Haryana, received a severe drubbing in the Jind bypolls after which BSP walked out of alliance with them.
The Chautala led party’s four of 17 MLAs have announced support to fledgling JJP.
Addressing the workers, Chautala claimed that the present political situation which prevails in the country is like that of 1977 and 1989, when the people had voted out the Congress government.
“Now, the people will throw out the BJP government in the upcoming election,” he said.
Speaking about BSP breaking its ties with INLD, Chautala said, “it is election time during which alliances are made and broken. We can make alliance with some party having like minded policies”.
He asked the workers to be ready for the elections.
He claimed the “political atmosphere in the state is in favour of INLD and we will form the next government in Haryana”.
Chautala said while Lok Sabha polls scheduled to be held in April-May, there was a possibility that the ruling BJP could go for Haryana assembly polls, which are due in October, along with the general elections.
INLD’s Haryana unit chief Ashok Arora claimed that BJP government in the state had completely failed in all spheres.
“Not only it failed to fulfill its promises but also atrocities over ‘dalits’ and poor sections increased during BJP tenure,” Arora said.
Without naming anyone, he said the efforts are being made to weaken the party but with the support of workers they would face the challenge and come out as winners.