Gopal Kanda pulls out from Hooda govt, says it `betrayed` him during crisis

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 22:14

Chandigarh: Former Haryana minister and Independent MLA from Sirsa City, Gopal Kanda, on Wednesday withdrew his support to the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana.
Kanda, who is facing trial in the air-hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, said that he would be floating his own party on Friday.

Today, the 46-year-old legislator met Governor Jagannath Pahadia at Raj Bhawan here and handed him his letter of withdrawing the support.

The move comes over a month after he got bail from a Delhi court in the suicide case.

The legislator accused the chief minister of betraying him during the crises.

"When Congress government fell short of majority in 2009, I was the first to extend support to it," he said.
Kanda, however, said that his "trust had been betrayed" and there had been occasions when Chief Minister Hooda did not stand by him.

Mentioning the ongoing case against him in the Delhi court, he said,"at the very outset Chief Minister Hooda should have asked for an inquiry of the suicide note of Geetika Sharma when it had surfaced as it involved one of his ministers, but he had not done so."

"The Chief Minister should have got the inquiry of this letter done," he said.
Kanda was a Minister in the Hooda government before he was forced to step down after his involvement in the case in August 2012.

"I will not speak much about the case since the matter is sub-judice, I have full faith in the judiciary and the truth will prevail," he added.

After submitting the letter, Kanda addressed a press conference and said that he would be launching his political outfit-- Haryana Lokhit Party-- at Gurgaon on May 2.

Kanda, who has been Home Minister of the state earlier, also accused the Hooda government of
tapping the phones of its Ministers and MLAs.

He claimed that Hooda`s ministers "were powerless" and had no say in running of affairs of the government.

"As Home Minister (earlier), I knew that my phones and that of the ministers and some MLAs were being tapped and I brought this to the notice of the Chief Minister since it was a sensitive matter, but nothing happened," he said.

However, there is no threat to the Congress government in Haryana, which has 45 members that includes the five legislators of the Haryana Janhit Congress who joined it four years back.

The government also have the support of six other Independent MLAs and lone BSP member in the 90-member House.

The Haryana Assembly polls are due in October.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 22:14

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