All is not well in Haryana Government, as JJP MLAs are upset with Dushyant Chautala

Ram Kumar Gautam resigned as the JJP party’s vice president after going public with his criticism of Dushyant Chautala


NEW DELHI| The ruling party BJP and ally JJP chief head Dushyant Chautala gets a hit from the senior leader of his party Ram Kumar Gautam who resigned on Wednesday. Ram Kumar Gautam, an MLA, resigned as the party’s vice president after going public with his criticism of Dushyant Chautala.

Dushyant Chautala “should not forget that he became Deputy Chief Minister with the support of his party legislators,” said Ram Kumar Gautam said. JJP supported BJP to form government with a majority in state becoming an ally they form government.

Dushyant Chautala was called out for joining hands with a party he had campaigned aggressively against in the election. Videos of him targeting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also circulated on social media.

Mr. Gautam claimed the JJP-BJP alliance was sealed without the knowledge of most leaders of the party. “I am upset because they sealed the alliance in Ambience Mall and when we got to know we were very hurt. People are hurt and all the MLAs are very upset. Dushyant took all the plum posts. What about the rest of the MLAs? Haven’t they been voted by people? It is a huge blow,” Mr. Gautam said.

“He said he will test us in three months. Who are you to test us,” he continued, furious.

According to him, the deputy chief minister had kept 11 ministries while only one party MLA had been made a junior minister with “insignificant” portfolios.

The JJP chief had “forgotten his family” after coming to power, said the JJP leader. He also complained that his party boss had recently joined hands with a prominent BJP leader.

Dushyant Chautala said he had learned about Mr. Gautam’s resignation only from the media. “I just came to know from you and I will speak to him (Gautam),” he said.”

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Mr. Gautam was seen to be a ministerial candidate after the JJP tied up with the BJP, but it did not happen. “I was not even expecting to contest the polls. But Dushyant and his father Ajay Chautala were keen that I should join them. They knew I was the only one who can defeat sitting BJP MLA Captain Abhimanyu,” he said.

He clarified, however, that he would not quit the party. “People have elected me, I have a responsibility towards them. If I resign from my party, I will lose the seat as well and I cannot leave my constituents in the lurch. Besides, I nurtured the party with my sweat and blood,” he said.

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