On a day when former Haryana Minister of State for Home Affairs Gopal Goyal Kanda,now out on bail,was present in the Vidhan Sabha and a Chief Parliamentary Secretary was accused of demanding Rs 5 crore in lieu of a CLU,the ruling Congress had the cheek to express deep concern over criminalisation in politics and probity in public life without mentioning any of them.
Ironically,the calling attention motion moved on the issue by Congress legislator Anand Singh Dangi did not fail to make special mention of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief and leader of Opposition Om Prakash Chautala.
Kanda has been granted bail till October 4 to attend the monsoon session of Assembly which so far is scheduled to end on September 10.
Dangi in his motion said,Unfortunately,the leader of Opposition and some other members of this House have been convicted under Prevention of Corruption Act and other related offences. The reference to some others was directed at Chautala,his son Ajay Chautala and another INLD MLA Sher Singh Badshami currently behind bars in the JBT Teachers Recruitment scam.
A little before Dangi moved the motion Kanda entered the House,40 minutes after it started business. Clad in an off-white kurta pyjama,he seemed tense but was soon beaming after the treasury benches greeted him with warm hugs and handshakes. Whatever remorse,if any, disappeared after he was extended a hearty reception by the treasury benches.
Kanda sat next to Hisar MLA Savitri Jindal,the richest woman of India,according to Forbes magazine,who too welcomed him with a grin. Soon both were chatting even as the House was in chaos over the Ram Kishan Fouji CD.
Minister of Sports Sukhbir Kataria also welcomed Kanda with a hug. Kataria is also facing a criminal case pertaining to bogus voting. Fouji,who came under attack from the opposition today,came rushing to Kanda when the House was adjourned. Former Finance Minster Minister Sampat Singh and Congress MLA Shakuntla Khatak also exchanged pleasantries with Kanda.
In his reply to the calling attention motion Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said,We believe in the highest standards of probity in public life. We also believe that the trust of the people in those elected by them must be respected and cherished by the elected representatives of the people. This trust must never be compromised.
Kanda,who was in the House when the motion was moved,left the House when it was still discussing the issue.
Later,Kanda refused comment on his involvement in the air hostess suicide case. It is not my right to comment on the issue as the matter is sub-judice. I have come to the Assembly to raise the issues of the people of my area, he said.