During his visit to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s home district, Rohtak, for the inauguration of his party office, Hindustan Times spoke to former home minister Gopal Kanda on Sunday on a range of issues. Excerpts:
Why did you break up with Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, whom you used to swear by?
It was not I who used to swear by him, rather it was the chief minister who used to credit me for coming to power for the second consecutive term. The answer to why I parted ways is very fundamental. I took the plunge into politics to contribute to the downtrodden, but Hooda plays divisive and dynastic politics so it was obvious to bid adieu to his way of politics.
Are you angry with Hooda for not offering help when you were in crisis over the Geetika Sharma suicide case?
Former union minister Sharad Pawar was accused in more than a dozen cases but no one ever touched him. But it happened for the first time in the history of the country that a serving home minister was put in jail without any investigation and evidence. Ye public hain sab jaanti hain ki yei kisnay karwaya (Public knows well who is behind all this).”
Do you really think that your party can make an impact in Haryana against established political parties — Congress, BJP and INLD?
Who had thought that a party of activists can make an impact in Delhi, but it sprang a surprise. Our party — Haryana Lokhit Party — is touching the issues of downtrodden and backward classes. We are pretty sure of repeating the Aam Aadmi Party’s success in Haryana.
But AAP had a credible face like Arvind Kejriwal.
We also have several appealing things like maximum tickets would be given to youths. Women would be given more than 33% reservation in party affairs. We are getting support on social networking and scores of people from all walks of lives like the party’s style of working.