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BJP will not take support from Gopal Kanda: Ravi Shankar Prasad
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BJP will not take support from Gopal Kanda: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Giving a clean chit to BJP, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has made it clear the BJP will not take support from controversial MLA Gopal Kanda to form the new Haryana government.

Reports that Haryana Lokhit Party MLA Gopal Kanda, who was charged with rape, abetment to suicide, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation, may help the BJP form the Haryana government prompted criticism from the Congress and BJP leader Uma Bharti

"I want to clarify one thing that the BJP is not going to take the support of Kanda," Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in Chandigarh today, where the party, after striking a deal with Dushyant Chautala's Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), is set to stake claim to form the government. The JJP's 10 MLAs will make any approach to Gopal Kanda, or, indeed, even the other independents, unnecessary.

On Thursday, as the counting of votes indicated a hung Assembly in Haryana, reports suggested Gopal Kanda - who has been elected from Sirsa - and another independent - had been flown to Delhi by a BJP MP for talks with the party leadership.