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Om Prakash Chautala

Supremo Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala Ji

Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala was born on January 1, 1935 at village Chautala in Dabwali tehsil of Sirsa district. He was educated at his village and later on at Sangria and Dabwali. Being a son of Chaudhary Devi Lal, he developed from an early age a passion for politics.

Om Prakash Chautala successfully organised Nyaya Yudh, the call for which was given by Chaudhary Devi Lal under the aegis of the Haryana Sangharsh Samiti. He also organised a handful public meetings called Haryana Bachao, Samast Haryana and Kisan Rally in different parts of the state to protest against rampant lawlessness and corruption in the state.

He was elected to the state assembly a whooping seven times in 1970, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009. He resigned from the Haryana Legislative Assembly on November 1, 1995 in protest against the state government’s failure to safeguard the interests of the people of Haryana on the issues of river Yamuna and other flood affected areas. He defended Haryana’s case in the Ravi-Beas water and territorial disputes.

Om Prakash Chautala has served the state four times as Chief Minister. It was on December 2, 1989 that he first assumed the office of Chief Minister. He repeated the feat in July 1990, March 1991 and July 1999.

He has also attended several national and international conferences. He has toured extensively in India and abroad. Countries visited by him include Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Japan, Holland, Pakistan, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Greece, United Kingdom and United States.

In his four tenures as Chief Minister, Mr. Chautala laid emphasis on transforming the economy of Haryana and making it free from floods. His government also took steps in evolving progressive policies concerning the industry, particularly in the field of Information Technology.