As the negotiations for the government formation in Haryana is underway after a hung assembly, Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) leader and winner from Sirsa Sirsa seat Gopal Kanda came out in support of the BJP who was earlier targeted by BJP, as the politician is a rape accused.
Reportedly Gopal Kanda was one of the independent MLAs brought to Delhi yesterday evening for a meeting with the BJP leaders.
In 2012, Kanda was arrested when an air hostess with his airline company, Geetika Sharma committed suicide and left a note accusing Kanda of harassment. Kanda was arrested on charges of rape, abetment to suicide, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation. Geetika’s mother too committed suicide after a few months and blamed her suicide on Kanda.
In 2014, the rape charges were dropped and he was released on bail. He unsuccessfully contested the Haryana polls and lost, the same year.
Kanda and his brother Govind were also involved in tax evasion and cheating cases and charged for alleged illegal property development in Sirsa in 2016.
Kanda is still on trial for the air hostess’ suicide.
BJP which started the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign, taking support of the MLA mired in controversy was taken note of by the twitterati and in no time the hypocrisy of BJP was pointed out.
Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said, “after playing kingmaker for BJP in Haryana, BJP will now ask him to be the brand ambassador for Beti Bachao.”
Youth Congress leader Vaibhav Walia said, “There was a time (not many years ago) when Gopal Kanda was the most hated politician for the BJP. I don’t know if they would care so much for Justice for Gitika now.”
There was a time (not many years ago) when Gopal Kanda was the most hated politician for the BJP.
I don’t know if they would care so much for Justice for Gitika now. pic.twitter.com/z6Kq3lLVAM
— Vaibhav Walia (@vbwalia) October 24, 2019
Delhi Deputy CM and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said, “The party rejected by the people is now singing bhajans in praise of Gopal.”
जिनका कांड हरियाणा की जनता ने कर दिया अब वो गोपाल भजन गाने में लगे हैं –
”तुम तारो मुझे ‘गोपाल’, जनता ने डुबो दी नैया मेरी…”
वैसे इस तस्वीर में देखिए..ज़रा कौन कौन है जो गोपाल कांडा जी की सेवा सत्कार के लिए बेचैन हैं. pic.twitter.com/UH9i6PuQmn
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) October 25, 2019
Others too tweeted :
Opinion Poll :
If @BJP4India forms government in Haryana taking support of Gopal Kanda, who do you think will be equally sharing responsibility for Geetika Sharma’s death ?
— Epic Rofl Don (@EpicRoflDon) October 25, 2019
“Abhishek singhivi-2012: Gopal Kanda charged by Delhi Police of abetment to suicide, destruction of evidence.
2019: Gopal Kanda to play kingmaker in Haryana.
You really have to justify your qualifications before getting entry into BJP.#CriminalsInPolitics”
Power hungry? https://t.co/uyAuMAeUVx
— Sunil Jain (@JainJain54) October 25, 2019
A man like Gopal Kanda should be an outcast in politics. The Bjp which used to talk about “chaal, charitra chehra” is all set to make him a Haryana minister.
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) October 25, 2019