On this occasion, Former CM of Bihar Nitish Kumar, JD (U) President Sharad Yadav and Shivpal Yadav, brother of Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, were also present.
Though the “Samman Samaroh” is being described as a “social function” to pay admiration to the leader of farmers, the gathering of Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, JD (U) President Sharad Yadav, Shivpal Yadav, brother of Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, assumes political significance ahead of Assembly polls in Haryana.
Addressing the rally, INLD Chief Om Prakash Chautala hit out at Congress for sending him to prison to crush his party’s struggle and vowed he will take oath as Chief Minister from Tihar jail.
“I was put behind bars due to wrong policies (of Congress) and its wishful thinking that it will end the struggle of INLD. Rather, in my absence the party has strengthened,” the 79-year-old Jat leader, who is behind bars after being convicted for ten years along with others in a teachers recruitment scandal, said.
Taking a dig at his opponents for claiming that he will not be able to return to public life, Chautala asked his workers not to get afraid and asserted that he will become the next Chief Minister.
“I will take oath as CM from Tihar jail,” he said, exuding confidence that INLD had been strengthened in his absence.
Addressing ‘Samman’ rally organised by INLD, Nitish Kumar today hit out at BJP, accusing it of practicing divisive politics and charged the Narendra Modi-led government with doing “nothing” to prevent Chinese incursion into Indian territory.
“He (Narendra Modi) had said during Lok Sabha elections that Indian land under China’s control will be freed and lesson will be taught to Pakistan.
“During the recent visit of China’s President Xi Jinping to India, Chinese army entered into Indian territory. We want to know where the 56-inch chest is now. What happened today when Chinese army is entering our territory? Nothing is happening,” Kumar said.
Speaking at the event, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged people to vote for INLD candidates to help the party form government in Haryana, even as SAD supports BJP in Punjab.
“We have very old relations with the family of Chaudhary Devi Lal and INLD. I pray to the almighty that in forthcoming Haryana assembly polls, INLD forms the government in the state,” Badal said.
Addressing the gathering, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda said former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal had always worked and struggled for the poor and downtrodden.
“Devi Lal had always fought for the cause of the farming community and helped in the forming of farmer-friendly policies. Devi Lal also took farmer-friendly steps under V P Singh government at the Centre,” he said.