With some of its top leaders including party chief Om Prakash Chautala in jail, INLD announced on Monday the name of his grandson and Hisar MP Dushyant as its candidate for Uchana Kalan seat for the October 15 assembly polls in Haryana.
Uchana assembly seat was won by Om Prakash Chautala, the former Haryana Chief Minister in 2009 by defeating then Congress leader Birender Singh.
Dushyant’s mother Naina Singh will contest from Dabwali seat held by her husband Ajay Singh Chautala, party’s senior leader and Ellenabad MLA Abhay Chautala said while announcing the names of remaining seven candidates out of a total of 88 seats which INLD is fighting.
“Dushyant (26), who is party’s sitting MP from Hisar, would contest from Uchana Kalan, the assembly segment which falls in the Hisar parliamentary constituency,” he said.
Speaking to Rajya Sabha TV youngest MP Dushyant said that Earlier My grandfather used to contest from here. If he is not available than I have to take the responsibility and I am ready to take responsibility.
BJP has already announced Birender Singh’s wife Prem Lata as party candidate from Uchana Kalan.
Among other candidates which the INLD named in its fourth and final list of candidates included former MLA Chander Bhatia from Badhkal, Neelam Narang from Panipat City and Fakir Chand from Kalanaur (SC).
At present, INLD’s campaign for the upcoming Haryana polls is being spearheaded by its second-rung leaders in the absence of their top leadership.
INLD is contesting the next month’s polls in alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal, which is contesting on two seats.
The party’s poll campaign is being spearheaded by Abhay Singh Chautala (53), state unit chief Ashok Arora, Devi Lal’s great grandsons — Dushyant and Digvijay among others.
In the absence of its senior leaders, the focus has shifted on INLD’s second rung leaders as the party is looking to reverse its losing trend after having lost two Assembly polls (2005 and 2009) in a row.
The silver lining for the party has been victory in two Lok Sabha seats this year — Sirsa (SC) and Hisar – where party candidates defeated strong candidates and sitting MPs.