'Won't take his support': Ravi Shankar Prasad amid uproar over Gopal Kanda's offer
Chandigarh | Jagran News Desk: Amid uproar over Gopal Kanda’s offer, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said that the BJP will not rely on support from the controversial MLA to form the new Haryana government.
“I want to clarify one thing that the BJP is not going to take the support of Kanda,” said the Union Minister in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Kanda on Friday had said that he has decided to extend ‘unconditional support’ to the BJP after which the party came under attack from the Congress after the Sirsa MLA’s offer.
“I think you should look at the statements made by (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and (Union Home Minister and BJP chief) Amit Shah when Gopal Kanda was a minister in Haryana, when we forced him to resign after registration of a case (against him) and also removed him from ministership,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
Even senior BJP leader Uma Bharti cautioned the party over Gopal Kanda offering support to the party and requested party leaders to not forget the moral values of their organisation's foundation and asserted that only people with a clean background should be partnered with.
“If Gopal Kanda is the same person because of whom a girl had committed suicide and her mother also committed suicide as she did not get justice. The case is still pending in court, and this person is out on bail,” she said in a Tweet.
“Whether Gopal Kanda is innocent or criminal will be decided by law on the basis of evidence, but winning an election does not acquit him of crimes. There are many factors in winning an election,” she said in another Tweet.
Kanda is accused of allegedly abetting the suicide of a young air hostess who worked for his aviation company in 2012. A few months later, the girl's mother had also allegedly committed suicide.
To do away with Gopal Kanda and for a stable government in the state, the BJP started weighing the options of an alliance with JJP. Finally, the deal was sealed in a meeting between BJP President Amit Shah and Dushyant Chautala.
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