The Congress on Thursday released photographs of Sudip Kalkal, a lawyer accused of provoking riots and arson at Haryana finance minister Captain Abhimanyu’s Rohtak house, in which he is seen posing with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, agriculture minister OP Dhankar and even Capt Abhimanyu.
Kalkal was recently sent to police remand again when a new audio clip purportedly revealed his role in the arson at Capt Abhimanyu’s house. “In the audio, he is allegedly heard saying that they have made Maharshi Dayanand University shut its gate and gheraoed Capt Abhimanyu’s house,”special investigating team in-charge Siddharth Dhanda had said.
The SIT said Kalkal was a relative of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The chief minister also called Kalkal a “Congressman”during his visit to Kalanaur and Meham.
With the Thursday revelation, the Congress hit back at the BJP. Some Congress leaders also said that Kalkal was a relative of Capt Abhimanyu, and not of Hooda. “Our constant stand is that Kalkal is a BJP man and does not belong to the Congress. Just because he is married in a village where Hooda’s relatives reside doesn’t make him his relative. The way he was clicking photographs with BJP ministers undoubtedly reveals he is a BJP man,” said former Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Batra, who released the photographs along with Kuldeep Sharma in Gurgaon.
Meanwhile, several photographs of Kalkal went viral on social media wherein he was seen clicking selfies with famous personalities. The BJP, too, used the same logic to shun the allegations made by the Congress. Health minister Anil Vij said: “Photos cannot prove such allegations. People from all parties come to social events and click photographs.” Capt Abhimanyu, too, hit back at the Congress. “Good to know that Kuldeep Sharma has contributed to the investigation by releasing these photographs. But this only proves his relations with Kalkal,” he said.