Former Congress legislator Venod Sharma is trying to give a new lease to his political life. After ending his nearly 40-year-long association with the Congress, he is eyeing on contesting the forthcoming assembly elections by floating a new political outfit.
In Karnal district on Sunday to open offices of his yet to be named party at Nilokheri, Assandh and Indri assembly segments, Sharma said that he had started a mass-contact drive to share his pro-people political ideology.
Once considered a close aide of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Sharma, an industrialist, was expelled recently from the Congress for anti-party activities. Last week, he had resigned from the assembly as its member.
Sharma told Hindustan Times on Sunday that he was expecting his former colleagues in the Congress to join him to raise the voice of the common man.
“During my statewide yatra held last year, I saw that people in all the 90 assembly constituencies were dissatisfied on the issue of development. It was seen that they were not being heard properly and I am ready to give a political platform to such deprived sections,” he said, while adding that he would open political offices in almost all assembly constituencies by June 22.
“As the state elections are yet to be announced, I, along with my supporters, will assess on how many segments my party candidates would contest polls,” he said.
However, Sharma criticised the media for “repeatedly” associating his name with the crime of his son Manu Sharma, a convict in the infamous Jessica Lall murder case.
“It (case of Manu killing the model Lall at a bar in New Delhi) is more than 15-year-old case and every time I raise a political issue for the development and welfare of people, this issue is unfairly raised,” he said.
On associating his political life with his son’s conviction, Sharma said, “I will not comment as no individual has publically raised this issue. Only the media keeps on raking it.”