Indian National Lok Dal
|Indian National Lok Dal|
|Chairperson||Om Prakash Chautala|
|Secretary-General||Ajay Singh Chautala|
|ECI Status||State Party|
|Seats in Legislative Assembly|
|Politics of India
Indian National Lok Dal(INLD), a political party in India, in the state of Haryana is the principal opposition party in Haryana. INLD is a family based party with Om Prakash Chautala being the president & his elder son Ajay Singh Chautala being its Secretary General. The party was a member of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and thus part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government. Its leader Om Parkash Chautala is also Leader of Opposition in Haryana. In Rajasthan, Choudhary Jai Narayan Poonia (ex-cabinat minister) was the Chairman of the INLD party from 2003 to 2008.
Since the demise of Devi Lal in April 2001, INLD had faced political decline and lost all the four consecutive general elections held so far in Haryana. It lost two assembly general elections in 2005 & 2009. It has not won a single Lok Sabha seat since 1999 and further lost all seats in 2004 & 2009. In 2009, the INLD party lost on all seats despite its poll alliance with the BJP. It was able to secure only 10.64 per cent votes. INLD has always cherished national dreams. In 2004, the party contested on 20 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh, but 14 of those could not secure their deposits and lost. Its 10 candidates in Haryana secured 22.43 per cent votes, 5 candidates secured 0.52 per cent votes in Rajasthan, 4 candidates secured 0.02 per cent votes in Uttar Pradesh and its lone candidate UT secured 6.61 per cent votes in Chandigarh.
In the Lok Sabha elections 1999, INLD had an electoral alliance with BJP in Haryana. Each party contested five of the ten seats in the state. All ten were elected. In 2000 Chautala was elected as the Chief Minister of Haryana for the fifth time. In the 2000 state assembly elections, INLD won 47 out of the 90 seats (the party had 62 candidates in total). Later INLD broke its alliance with the BJP, and left NDA and the government.
However, in the 2005 Haryana state assembly elections, INLD lost its majority, winning just 9 out of the 90 seats compared to the Congress party's 67 seats. 17 of its candidates lost deposits, but despite this, INLD managed to secure 26.77 per cent votes in this election. In 2009, the INLD led alliance sprung up a surprise by winning 32 seats (INLD won 31 & its ally SAD won a seat), but its vote share got reduced to 26.5 per cent and 24 INLD candidates lost their deposit. Despite all defeat, INLD is considered a leading political party.
On Saturday, August 10, 2013 INLD leader Abhay Chautala said that his party would not forge an alliance with the BJP for forthcoming general elections, even if Kuldeep Bishnoi-led Haryana Janhit Congress merged with the BJP party. However, he did state that the INLD would support Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi "unconditionally" for the Prime Minister post, if required and would make all the effort to overthrow Congress and hence, would welcome any political party who'd wish to join its campaign.
Chautala accused Congress of misusing the CBI against INLD Chief Om Prakash Chautala, as he had opposed the alleged illegal allotment of land in Haryana to Robert Vadra, Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law. He claimed that the INLD chief was targeted because he had announced that a high-level inquiry would be initiated in this matter, if INLD came to power. During the party workers meeting in Matherishekhan village, Chautala indicted the state government of unlawfully acquiring land of farmers for setting up SEZ only to offer it to builders.
The INLD state president Ashok Arora stated that Haryana Janhit Congress had no base in Haryana and its leader Kuldeep Bishnoi would not win the Hisar parliamentary seat in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Chautala further stated that the INLD will demand that the number of hearings in the Assembly session be increased from two to permit the opposition party to raise their concerns. Leaders of the INLD also announced that they will raise crucial issues on water crisis, the worsening condition of law and order, land scams, DLF-Vadra land deal and Rajiv Gandhi Trust land scam in the state including non-availability of books in schools and iron tablets, among others.
Many Controversies have been associated with INLD leaders since the beginning of its political career.
INLD leader Om Parkash Chautala was publicly disowned by his father Devi Lal. He had allegedly smuggled gold watches worth Rs 100,000. Even his sons had been accused of being involved in controversies.
Meham was perhaps INLD's biggest political controversy, which brought him national attention. The shadow of Meham was to dog OP Chautala right up to 1996, when Justice Commission K.N. Saikia indicted him as an accessory after the fact, in the killing of Amir Singh.
Indicting the former Chief Minister, his two sons, Abhay and Ajay, and their wives for amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 1,467 crore, the CBI has filed a chargesheet in a the Delhi Court. The CBI has submitted that Om Prakash Chautala and his family acquired more than 80 properties in different parts of India between 1993 and 2006.
Om Parkash Chautala, Ajay Chautala and its former state president Sher Singh Barshyami has been convicted in the much publicised JBT Scam. All the 55 accused has been sent to judicial custody. The judgement will be announced on 22 January 2013. The CBI had filed a Chargesheet, in which it is recorded that in the year 1999–2000, 3032 teachers were recruited by the former CM and his son Ajay Chautala along with the other accused on the basis of forged documents. The matter was registered by the CBI on the direction of the Supreme Court and the CBI seized documents and properties in lakhs from various places.
Chautalas are all set to face fresh trouble as the CBI has recommended registration of cases of cheating, forgery and conspiracy against him and several top officers, including two former chief secretaries, in the HCS nomination recruitment scandal. He has been accused of changing of criteria several times, awarding higher marks to candidates in interviews, dropping the vigilance and departmental inquiries against favoured candidates, tampering with and ignoring the deserving candidates’ records. This was how candidates were recruited for the Haryana Civil Services (Executive) in 2004, revealed CBI.a 
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