CS KANWAR ,KURUKSHETRA, NOV. 1 : All hopes of a big media scoop were belied when the congress leader Rao Inderjit Singh categorically said that my attending the INLD rally to celebrate the 100th birthday of Tao Devi Lal must not be construed as a political overturn but a social gesture to pay tribute to the stalwart Kisan leader of the country and the contribution Devi Lal made to the cause of the downtrodden in modern period. Mr Rao was addressing the INLD rally at the eastern banks of the famous Brahamsarovar in Kurukshetra this afternoon. However, Rao Inderjit Singh left the political analysts guessing about the future course of his politics by the words he spoke from the dais of the INLD.
” It is matter of faith that brought me here. The principles of Devi Lal fascinated me a lot for his concern about the Kisan communities. It must not be given a political tinge.”, said Rao Inderjit Singh, adding that ” in future we shall have to fight for the cause of the farming community. It is not the platform where detailed things could be thrashed out, these things would be done at a separate platform. However, we shall try to cope up our steps with the family members of Devi Lal who have been carrying forward the rich traditions of Tao Devi Lal” He said that he along with the followers of the Ahir area would come up to the expectations of the people in supporting the cause of Tao Devi Lal. He said though Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Singh are in jail but desite that the Lal family members have been able to organise this big rally to keep up the tradition of celebrating Devi Lal’s birthday in big way.
Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal assured the the family members of Devi Lal that he and his family would stand by them in thick and thin notwithstanding the political atmosphere. He eulogized the ideologies and achievements of the kisan leader who had no parallel in Indian politics at that juncture. He exhorted the people to muster strength to fight against the exploitation by the big political traders who, through forward trading, had done great harm to the cause of the farming community and big benefits to the traders. He asked them to get united to gain political power to achieve the goals of DeviLal.
About a dozen other leaders from states, including Mukhtiar Abbas Naqvi, also spoke on this occasion. The organisers of the rally Abhay Singh Chautala, younger grandson of Devi Lal and Ashok Arora, president of Haryana INLD and MLA from Kurukshetra earlier welcomed the leaders.