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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Venod Sharma keen to play ‘kingmaker’ in govt formation

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  Indri (Karnal), July 13, 2014
First Published: 13:37 IST(13/7/2014) | Last Updated: 13:39 IST(13/7/2014)

The president of the newly-floated Jan Chetna Party (JCP) Venod Sharma on Saturday hinted at preparing to play the role of a “kingmaker” in the formation of next government in the state.

Sharma, who was in the town told HT that he was keeping his options of forming a political alliance with more than one party open but declined to divulge his plans. “In politics, everything is possible but at this juncture I do not want to comment with which particular party or parties I would have a political truck. I am holding rallies in all assembly constituencies to motivate my supporters and further action plan will be announced once the elections date is out,” he said.

Sharma, who owns a sugar mill and distillery at Bhadson village in Karnal, has influence among sugarcane growers of various rural constituencies of Karnal, Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar districts.

Once considered as the most powerful minister in the Hooda government, Sharma, had left the Congress party after an association of 40 years, in March.

ON RECRUITMENT PANELS

Sharma raised serious doubts on the functioning of Haryana Police Recruitment Board (HPRB), which is in the process to recruit more than 8,000 constables.

“Recruitment panels, including Haryana Staff Selection Commission and HPRB, are tools to appoint youths from the select districts only,” he alleged. He ruled out any plan to approach the court to prove his doubts on the recruitment panels’ alleged biased working.

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