Rift in Om Prakash Chautala’s family at fore as former Haryana CM dissolves INLD’s student, youth wings

Chandigarh: INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala Thursday dissolved the party's student and youth wings, days after a group of youths created ruckus at the Gohana rally attended by Chautala's son and grandsons.

The development has brought to the fore an apparent rift within the Chautala family as Abhay Singh Chautala, younger son of senior Chautala, was booed during the 7 October Gohana rally. In contrast, there were cheers when Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala, son of Ajay Singh Chautala, spoke at the event.

Ajay is the elder son of INLD chief. Ajay's sons — Dushyant and Digvijay — head the party' youth and student wings, respectively. By dissolving the party's student and youth wings, 83-year-old senior Chautala has thrown his weight behind his younger son, say political observers.

"Om Prakash Chautala in his capacity as INLD's national president, has dissolved the youth wing of the party and the national and state units of Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) — party's student wing," a party statement said.

"Both wings of the party were found to be lacking in discipline and commitment to the ideals of INLD. While the youth wing failed to play its role during the Gohana rally of October 7, the INSO was found indulging in blatant anti-party activities. It is also accused of entering into a conspiracy with anti-party forces to disrupt the Gohana rally and smear the name of INLD,...

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