08 March, 2021

Under Dynastic Control

With help from the BJP, Chautala seeks to perpetuate family rule

Under Dynastic Control

Since Haryana was carved out of Punjab in ‘64, its politics has been a family business dominated by the ‘Lals’, first Bansi, then Bhajan and now Devi. The forthcoming assembly elections promises to be no different. With the political fortunes of Bhajan and Bansi on the downswing, the crucial question voters will now answer is whether Devi’s son Om Prakash Chautala will hold his own against a divided Congress. As usual, the kith and kin of political heavyweights find themselves among the 976 candidates fighting for the 90 assembly seats. The state goes to the polls on February 22.

While the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) led by Chautala has allied with the BJP, the other two parties in the reckoning, the Congress and the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), have decided to go it alone with support from local parties. Though Devi Lal has retired from active politics, son Chautala and grandsons, Abhay and Ajay, are INLD contestants. Chautala is contesting from Narwana and Rori, both Jat dominated constituencies. His main rival and predecessor, Bansi Lal, has...

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