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Kanda to launch his new political outfit next month

Sat Singh, Hindustan Times  Rohtak, April 22, 2014
First Published: 21:57 IST(22/4/2014) | Last Updated: 21:59 IST(22/4/2014)

Gopal Goyal Kanda, the ex-home minister who was forced to resign after the suicide of his former employee Geetika Sharma, would formally launch a regional political party - Haryana Lokhit Party - in the first week of May at Gurgaon.


Kanda, an independent legislator from Sirsa assembly constituency, who was lodged in Tihar jail for over 18 months, got bail in March, a month before state went to parliamentary polls on April 10.

Gobind Kanda, younger brother of Gopal, said that they had done their homework very well and were in touch with several political and non-political people, who wish to join them for serving society in right context. He said that their party would field candidates from all the 90 assembly seats in the state with the agenda of development for all after rising above caste, region and class.

"Their political outfit is registered with the election commission in the name of advocate Tej Prakash Bansal, who is just like a family member to us," said Gobind, who resigned from the Congress in defiance to support Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar. Sirsa MP and president of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Tanwar and Kanda brothers never shared cordial relations after their public spat during Ratia bypoll in 2011.

Kanda was the only independent winner from Sirsa district in 2009 assembly polls as other four assembly seats from the district were clinched by Indian National Lok Dal and its ally-Shiromani Akali Dal. Kanda lent his support to Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in 2009, after the Congress failed to touch the magic figure on its own.

Sources said that the Kanda has demanded 'rail engine' as the party symbol, as it was also his symbol when he contested from Sirsa segment as independent candidate in 2009. "If not then 'sitara' (star) after the name of Kanda's spiritual guru Baba Tara or 'rising sun' are other top choices," he added.

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