The war of words between Congress' Karnal parliamentarian, Arvind Sharma, and Gannaur MLA Kuldeep Sharma intensified on Saturday, with Kuldeep Sharma - who is also the Vidhan Sabha speaker - vowing "political revenge" from the MP.
Kuldeep's statement came a day after Arvind's media advisor had issued a press statement on Friday, demanding the intervention of the Congress high command after the Gannaur MLA had in Chandigarh on Thursday made a veiled attack at Arvind by claiming that he was trying to tarnish his image.
The controversial statements come at a time when the Haryana Congress is preparing for the Lok Sabha elections. In the press statement issued by his media advisor, Arvind had accused Kuldeep of defaming him.
On Saturday, Kuldeep - who had earlier not named the MP - alleged that Arvind had a criminal past and the party's central leadership, including AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, would be apprised of the "seriousness" of the issue. He said Arvind had created an unsavoury situation in July 2008 by meeting BSP supremo Mayawati and declared that he would vote against the confidence motion as he was against the nuclear deal.
He dared Arvind to speak on the allegations: "Instead of facing the media like me, Arvind has disappeared and his men are issuing press releases. Let him show his guts and come out in the public to counter the allegations made by me."
"It was Arvind Sharma who had instigated the family members of Anand Rawal, a naib tehsildar, to hold me responsible for his mysterious disappearance. Rawal has returned safely. I have a firm conviction that Arvind and his men were involved in misleading and instigating his family," he said.
Kuldeep said he had "forgiven" the Rawal family but had vowed to take "political revenge" from the MP. He said Arvind was involved in several criminal cases, claiming that he had been lodged in prison in Rohtak in the 1980s in connection with a murder case and had also cheated industrialist-turned-Congress MP from Kurukshetra Naveen Jindal. "The party high command was probably never informed about his shady past," he said.
However, pressed further, he admitted that Arvind was acquitted in the case and could not throw much light on the Arvind-Jindal accusatiuon.
Kuldeep admitted that his was a political rivalry with Arvind and he would contest from Gannaur assembly constituency only. "Annoyed with the decision of the party's decision to field Arvind from Karnal parliamentary segment, I had left the party and contested against Arvind as an Independent. He is keeping a grudge against me since. I will teach him a lesson in my own way," said the Gannaur MLA.
His father, late Chiranji Lal Sharma Sharma, was a Lok Sabha member from Karnal four times. Ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Kuldeep was expelled for six years for anti-party activities and later rejoined the party and became working president of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee in 2007. In 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Kuldeep had secured 3.32% votes as an Independent while Arvind had won the elections from Karnal.
Hailing from Jhajjar district, Arvind Sharma had won as an Independent candidate from Sonepat parliamentary seat in 1994. Later, in 1999, he joined the Congress and represented the Karnal parliamentary seat consecutively in 2004 and 2009 elections. He is known for being vocal against chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the issue of poor representation of his constituency in the means of development and government jobs to the youth.
Sources said that the raiding team has found records of several ultrasound centers located in the town, where the accused would send her patients for sex determination test, a crime under Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act.
This case comes a few days after health authorities' crackdown on several illegal abortion racket run by some women at Lakhan Majra, Sampla and on Ladhot road on the outskirts of the town.