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.”

Delhi Deputy CM and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said, “The party rejected by the people is now singing bhajans in praise of Gopal.”

Others too tweeted :