Anticipating a Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre after the declaration of poll results on May 16, former Haryana home minister and chief of newly-formed political outfit — Haryana Lokhit Party —, Gopal Kanda, is doing everything to cosy up with the saffron party.
Kanda, who rose from a shoe merchant to own an airline company, also had a clout in previous Indian National Lok Dal and Congress regimes in Haryana.
However, he was forced to resign as a minister after he was booked for abetting the suicide of former airhostess Geetika Sharma and remained behind bars for 18 months.
Talking to HT on phone, Kanda said that his father Murli Dhar Goyal Kanda, who was an advocate, was a staunch Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) activist and he had to go to jail several times.
Giving details, he said that when father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi died, several RSS activists were arrested and his father was one of them. “Later, my father had contested assembly poll from Sirsa district in 1952 in Joint Punjab on a Bharatiya Jan Sangh ticket.”
He said that later his father participated in Gau Raksha Andolan in Delhi, got arrested and spent close to three months in Tihar jail in 1956. “Similarly, he was arrested during Emergency and put in jail at Hisar for eight months but later released after he suffered jaundice and died at the age of 64,” Kanda added.
He said that his father remained RSS in-charge from Sirsa for a long time.
Ducking the query on BJP, he said that though he respected his father’s ideology, but he didn’t necessarily follow it verbatim. On choosing saffron as the colour of his party, he said that it was the colour of spirituality and it suited him.
On his future plans, he said he would host a rally where he would reveal his strategy for the upcoming assembly polls.