INLD is out of NDA, says Chautala

Written by Press Trust of India | Fatehabad | Updated: Aug 27 2009, 04:20am hrs
A day after the BJP snapped ties with the Indian National Lok Dal, the INLD president and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala on Tuesday said that his party was now no longer part of the saffron party led National Democratic Alliance.

We have come out of the NDA and are no longer part of it, Chautala said and charged the BJP with ditching them again and again and vowed to not to be part of the party again. He said keeping the Congress at bay has been his main aim so he had compromised by being part of the BJP many times in the past. In 1977, the BJP had ditched Chaudhary Devi Lal, yet we formed alliance in 1982 and 1987 with them. In 1996, the BJP formed alliance with the Haryana Vikas Party and ditched that party also. Yet the INLD helped Atal Bihari Vajpayee to become Prime Minister in 1998 by giving unconditional support of our four MPs, he said.

He said in 2004, despite the INLDs consistant and unconditional support of five Lok Sabha MPs to the BJP government, BJP left us again and declared candidates for the Lok Sabha elections without consulting the INLD. Despite our previous bad experiences, the INLD again allied with the BJP in 2008 but they have shown their true colour again, he said referring to the BJPs announcement in Chandigarh on Monday of snapping ties with the INLD.

With the BJP maintaining that the INLD was sparing very less seats for them to contest the upcoming Haryana Assembly polls, Chautala disclosed that the BJP was asking for 45 seats.

We asked them to sit and decide (the seat sharing issue)on the basis on winnablity, but they were adamant and unilaterally announced to break away the alliance, the INLD chief said. Replying to a query, Chautala declared that the INLD would contest on all the 90 seats independently.

He said that the INLD would not enter into any alliance with any other party for the upcoming polls. However the post poll alliance is possible, he added.