Will Make Efforts So That Mayawati Can Become PM, Says INLD Chief Om Prakash Chautala

| October 8 , 2018 , 12:16 IST

At a time when multiple Opposition parties have called for a show of unity for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and to select a prime ministerial name after the elections are won, a few names have been floating around for the next prime minister of India.

Former Haryana Chief Minister and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) head Om Prakash Chautala on Sunday said that they would work towards uniting the Opposition so that BSP Supremo and former Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati becomes the next prime minister.

"The Congress is the largest opposition party in Parliament today. Definitely, it will have to be most accommodating and give respect and support to the smaller parties for a true rainbow coalition to emerge,” Chautala.

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"But also, to increase the size of the pie, I think all the partners will need to not stress on individual sizes as much," he said.

“I will make efforts for the formation of the third front at the Centre so that the daughter (Mayawati) of a poor man could become the prime minister,” Chautala said in his first public appearance after four years.

He also promised that if the INLD-BSP combine comes into power in Haryana, they will waive off the loans of farmers and weaker sections.

Chautala is currently on a 2-week parole from Delhi’s Tihar jail, where he is serving a 10-year sentence over a teachers’ recruitment scam.

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The statements from the INLD leader came soon after Mayawati snubbed the Congress, paving the way for regional parties to join hands and form a ‘mahagathbandhan’ or grand alliance for the upcoming Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh state assembly elections.

After Mayawati, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also expressed discontent with 'waiting' for the Congress.

"We have waited too long for the Congress. How much longer should we wait? We will now consult the Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP), with which we had an alliance, and the BSP for the coming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh," Akhilesh Yadav said earlier.

In July itself, BSP workers had also called for Mayawati to be projected as the 2019 prime ministerial candidate.