Kanda's opulent lifestyle comes under public gaze
Ever since local MLA Gopal Kanda was named in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, the opulent lifestyle of the absconding legislator has come into focus of national media.chandigarh Updated: Aug 12, 2012 13:16 IST
Ever since local MLA Gopal Kanda was named in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, the opulent lifestyle of the absconding legislator has come into focus of national media.
Kanda's palatial bungalow on the Rania road here reminds one of New Delhi's Lal Quila when viewed from the outside.
The high walls of the residence resemble a fort from the outside, complete with rounded watchtower posts on all four corners.
The architecture of the sprawling complex seems inspired by Mughal era.
Not surprising that the bungalow spread over 3 acres has become the focus of prying eyes of the media who have swooped down on the town from New Delhi and Chandigarh.
Tara Baba Memorial Trust owned by the family is spread over another 13 acres adjoining the house, with MDK international school spread over around 3 acres.
A supporter of Kanda told Hindustan Times that the palatial residence of the local MLA was constructed by skilled masons and workers from Gujarat, and its outer walls were made from red stone ferried all the way from Rajasthan.
The residence has a standard lawn tennis court as well as a helipad which is used to land a chopper whenever Kanda arrives in Sirsa by air.
Even the cost of furniture and other accessories are a topic of hot discussion among locals.
It is said that the entire furniture in the bungalow is metal-coated and the sofa placed in the drawing room costs Rs 7.5 lakh.
Interestingly, the house-warming ceremony of the house was held less than a year ago; chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has visited the palatial residence twice since that time.