Congress MLA from Ambala city, Venod Sharma (66), on Friday resigned from his membership of Haryana Vidhan Sabha. An assembly spokesman said that Speaker has accepted his resignation. With his resignation, the strength of the Congress in the House has come down to 43 (excluding the Speaker) in the now 86-member assembly.
Congress MLA from Sohna, Dharambir Singh, who contested the Lok Sabha poll on a BJP ticket and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Charanjit Singh who contested Lok Sabha poll on an INLD ticket have already resigned from the assembly.
The business magnate-cum-politician, who quit the Congress in March, had tried unsuccessfully to gain entry into the BJP and later Kuldeep Bishnoi’s Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC).
A close pal of chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Sharma owed his politico-business revival to his proximity with Hooda and thus shocked many by snapping his 40-year-old association with the anti-incumbency facing Congress.
While his immediate political plans are not known, Sharma had on March 9 announced at a rally in Kurukshetra his support for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
The former minister, at the moment, looks in wilderness as his repeated attempts to find a footing within the BJP and later its ally, HJC, to protect his business interests and ensure his political survival came a cropper.