After narrowly failing to win a majority in Haryana, the BJP roped in a controversial independent MLA in Haryana who was arrested in 2012 in a case of abetment to suicide.
#WATCH Haryana Lokhit Party's Gopal Kanda,candidate from Sirsa assembly seat:All independent candidates have extended their unconditional support to BJP. My father was associated with RSS since 1926,fought 1st general elections of the country after independence on Jansangh ticket pic.twitter.com/FeS9c9Valq— ANI (@ANI) October 25, 2019
Gopal Kanda, the chief of the Haryana Lokhit Party, was among one of the eight MLAs who were in touch with the BJP and were flown in to discuss the state's future governance, reports NDTV.
The reason was pretty simple. Back in 2012, Kanda was accused of abetting the suicide of an air hostess. Later, the victim's mother also committed suicide and named Kanda as the biggest reason to end her life.
Come 2019, Kanda came full circle from being a prime target to becoming a key support for the BJP to win a majority in Haryana.
Nothing to see here. Just the ruling party, after losing its majority in Haryana, soliciting the support of an MLA accused of, amongst others, abetting suicide and financial fraud. https://t.co/6A8zO5zczR— Sreenivasan Jain (@SreenivasanJain) October 25, 2019
After pictures surfaced of Kanda with a BJP MLA on an airplane together, people demanded an explanation from PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Sushmita Dev in her letter states, "Gopal Kanda has been accused of rape, abetment of suicide, hatching a criminal conspiracy in connection with the suicide case. Forging an alliance with a criminal like him raises a question on BJP's resolution of providing security to women." https://t.co/90bAZLgmwT— ANI (@ANI) October 25, 2019
Netizens echoed the sentiment on social media and were visibly agitated.
Senior BJP leaders welcoming Haryana MLA Gopal Kanda in the party. pic.twitter.com/oiwiNpDLtd— Ovais Sultan Khan (@OvaisSultanKhan) October 25, 2019
For 2 years, BJP refused to remove alleged Unnao rapist Kuldeep Sengar from the party— Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) October 25, 2019
BJP protected Chinmayanand & sent the alleged victim to jail instead
Now BJP is rolling out the red carpet for #GopalKanda
Come what may, BJP stands firmly behind those who abuse women!
This picture sent by a colleague on Whatsapp just brought back some terrible memories. Had followed Geetika Sharma case from start to finish. What a horrible tale of ambition, exploitation blackmail and death... I am appalled that people have voted for this man..#GopalKanda pic.twitter.com/N0WBbqLwC3— Raj Shekhar Jha (@rajshekharTOI) October 25, 2019
Soldiers are dying on the border & people are worried about a minor rapist !!!#GopalKanda— Thakursahab (@65thakursahab) October 25, 2019
Modi ji & PM Amit Shah:— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) October 25, 2019
Former cabin crew Geetika Sharma was #BharatKiLaxmi.
She was raped, tortured, & forced to commit suicide.
Gopal Kanda, the man accused of this heinous crime, is being given a red carpet welcome by u.
That’s how despicable ur “politics” is.
The top BJP hierarchy is yet to make a comment on the controversy.