Big two in jail, questions over succession in INLD
Even as all eyes are set on January 22, the day the CBI court in Delhi is expected to pronounce the quantum of sentence, the political circles are speculating on Chautala’s successor in the INLD, where even second rung leadership finds itself behind the bars.
78-year-old Chautala is a veteran Jat leader who wields political clout beyond the boundaries of his state and in recent times has been working to firm up a non-Congress, non-BJP third alternative at the Centre.
Chautala’s younger son and MLA Abhay Singh Chautala gets irritated when asked about the case. “We will challenge this judgment but are waiting to see what happens on January 22,” he says.
However, he desists from naming the official successor to Chautala. “We have a state president who takes care of the state affairs of the party. There is a 20-member political affairs committee of the party that takes decisions,” he says before disconnecting the call.
Senior party leaders say that there is a sense of uncertainty in the party, but add that it is no surprise that the INLD has remained dominated by the former Deputy Prime
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