BJP could take support of criminal Gopal Kanda to retain power in Haryana

The BJP if fighting to retain power in Haryana, after it fell short of a majority in the recently concluded Haryana Assembly elections.

The Haryana Lokhit Party’s Gopal Kanda declared unconditional support of six independent MLAs to the ruling BJP. The announcement comes after the BJP, who is the single largest party in terms of seats reached out to smaller regional parties and independents.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, is in New Delhi to discuss about government formation with central leaders.

Even though Gopal Kanda pledged support to the BJP, it’s unclear if the BJP would accept it or not, mostly because Kanda is an extreme controversial man.

The 53-year-old, Gopal Kanda resigned from the then Congress Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s cabinet in 2012 after being accused of abetting the suicide of an air hostess. He was jailed for a year before being released on bail. And that time the BJP held protests against the politician, demanding his arrest and his resignation.

The BJP has remained mum on his offer, but would the BJP — who calls themselves a party with a difference — want to be associated or at the mercy of Kanda?

The Congress won 31 seats, Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) grabbed 10 seats, while the BJP, which set itself a target of 75 seats in the 90-member Haryana Assembly, ended up with 40 seats after votes were counted on Thursday.

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