Gopal Kanda Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki Real NameGopal Kumar Goyal Other NameGopal Goyal Kanda (He uses the surname "Kanda" for political and religious purposes. However, he uses the surname "Goyal" for business purposes and in his official documents) Times of India Profession(s)Politician, Businessman Known ForThe harassment and suicide case of Geetika Sharma, an air hostess in his now-defunct airlines- MDLR. Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm in meters- 1.70 m in feet & inches- 5’ 7” Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourBlack Politics Political PartyHaryana Lokhit Party
Some Lesser Known Facts About Gopal Kanda
Gopal Kanda is an Indian politician and a businessman. He is an independent elected MLA from the Sirsa Assembly seat of Haryana.
His ancestors were traders who used to weigh vegetables at a wholesale market in Sirsa, Haryana. This is the reason why he uses the surname “Kanda.” Kanda means the iron weights which are used by the traders. India Today
He used to live with his family in a two-room apartment above a shop.
He started working as an electrician in a repair shop.
He started doing business by starting a shoe repair shop. However, it did not run so well, and he suffered a huge loss.
He got involved in many other businesses, but he faced back-to-back failures.
In 1997, he moved to Gurgaon to try his luck in the real estate business. He was successful this time and with the help of an IAS officer, he managed to exploit and take advantage of legal reforms. Eventually, he became a developer.
By the end of 2005, Kanda owned many businesses, and he also had stakes in a hotel, casino, clothing lines, export businesses, and car dealerships.
On 14 March 2007, his company, Murli Dhar Lakh Ram (MDLR) Group, launched the “MDLR Airlines.” However, the airlines were shut down in 2009; as there was a tax raid on the company and it also suffered huge losses. Several employees were also convicted after the tax raid and MDLR Airlines became a part of “Emirates Airlines” in 2010.
In 2006, he entered politics. He used his connections with Om Prakash Chautala of the INLD and a religious leader, Tara Baba, to leverage them and provide him with an easy entry into politics.
Even though he became popular in Haryana as a leader, the INLD refused to accept him as a member of their party; as they thought that Kanda was incapable of winning. He approached the Congress, but they refused to give him a ticket too.
Kanda contested the 2009 Haryana Assembly Elections from the Sirsa Assembly seat as an independent candidate and won. He defeated INLD’s Padam Jain by 6521 votes.
The Congress had won 40 seats in the 2009 Haryana Assembly Elections, and it was 6 seats short of reaching the halfway mark to form the government in Haryana. Kanda supported the Congress and helped Congress get the support of 6 independent candidates to form the Government.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda was pleased by Kanda’s gesture of rounding up the support of 6 MLAs, and he rewarded him by appointing him as the Minister of State (MOS) for Home.
In 2012, he had to resign as the MOS for Home; as he was arrested for abetting the suicide of Kanda’s former employee Geetika Sharma.
In August 2012, it was reported that his house in Sirsa was worth 100 crores INR. His house is built like a fortress and it includes helipads.
In 2014, he returned to politics and formed his party, the Haryana Lokhit Party.
In 2019, he came into the limelight when he won the Haryana Assembly Elections from Sirsa. Reportedly, he was once again in a position to support the BJP and help it form the government in Haryana. However, the BJP faced backlash on this news, and it was announced that they won’t be taking Kanda’s support due to his controversial past.
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