Indian National Lok Dal
, a political party
, based in the state of Haryana
is the principal opposition party in Haryana. The party president is Om Prakash Chautala
. Ajay Singh Chautala
is its Secretary General. The party was a member of the National Democratic Alliance
(NDA), and thus part of the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP)-led government. In the Lok Sabha
elections 1999 INLD had an electoral alliance with BJP in Haryana
. Each party contested five of the ten seats in the state. All ten got elected.In 2000 Chautala was elected as Chief Minister of Haryana for the fifth time. In the 2000 state assembly elections in 2000 INLD won 47 out of the 90 seats (in total the party had 62 candidates). Later INLD broke its relation with BJP, and left NDA and the government. In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections
, the party contested all ten seats in Haryana
on their own. None of the INLD candidates got elected.
However, in the 2005 Haryana state assembly elections, INLD lost its majority, winning just 9 out of the 90 seats compared to the Congress party's 67 seats. In 2009, the INLD led alliance sprung up a surprise by winning 32 seats (INLD won 31 & its ally SAD won one seat), 23 more than the last elections. This shows that the INLD still retains the Jat
votes. Om Prakash Chautala says that "Sonia Gandhi
is a pardesi, so congress
is not good for their country"