JJP President Dushyant Chautala emerges as kingmaker in Haryana Assembly elections

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The assembly election results in Haryana have sprung up a big surprise, both for the BJP and the Congress. Neither of the two parties is in a position to form the next government in Haryana. Instead, the key to forming the next government in Haryana rests with Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) president Dushyant Chautala.

The BJP high-command has reportedly asked its ally Akali Dal to reach out to Dushyant Chautala. Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal will be reaching out to the JJP. The Badals and Chautalas have old family ties dating back to the time of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal, great grandfather of Dushyant Chautala.

But the battle for Haryana this time was not just a battle between parties. For the Chautalas, it was a battle within the family and in the battle for Devi Lal’s legacy, Dushyant Chautala seems to have trumped his uncle in Haryana.

The Dushyant Chautala-led JJP has managed to replace INLD, which is headed by his uncle Abhay Chautala, as the third force in the Haryana assembly elections with his party putting up a decent fight in many seats, reducing the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) to the fringes of state politics which it once dominated.

In almost every seat where INLD, which was founded by former deputy prime minister Devi Lal, enjoyed influence, JJP has emerged as the inheritor of his legacy and has core support among voters.

Following a rift within the Chautala family, INLD suffered a vertical split with former Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala floating his own party – Jananayak Janata Party (JJP).

The name, incidentally draws from the popular image of Devi Lal, great grandfather of Dushyant, as Jananayak.

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