Haryana chief minister tried to locate deputy for 38 days

December 8th, 2008 - 10:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Dec 8 (IANS) It may sound unreal in political and administrative circles but Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Monday said that he tried to contact his deputy chief minister for 38 days before sacking him.Chander Mohan, was Sunday dropped from the Hooda ministry for being “absent” from his office and “neglecting” work and not informing the chief minister about his absence.

Mohan’s sacking came just hours after he went public with his second marriage to lawyer Anuradha Bali. Both converted to Islam last month in Meerut city in Uttar Pradesh and got married. They were re-christened Chand Mohammed and Fizaa.

The deputy chief minister lost his high-profile job to his new marriage, his new wife, his new name and his new religion.

“I was trying to contact him (Mohan) personally for 38 days but could not locate him. He was then dropped from the government,” Hooda told reporters here.

Asked why he did not take action against Mohan earlier, Hooda said that he was busy with election campaigning in other states.

“It is a coincidence that he was dropped the day he publicly announced his marriage,” Hooda claimed.

Hooda said that the Congress High Command would decide on whether to expel Chander Mohan from the party for causing embarrassment to the party and the government through his actions.

Hooda said that Mohan, who has now changed his name, would not be debarred from attending assembly sittings even though he was elected under the name ‘Chander Mohan’.

“He has been elected as a person and not as a name,” Hooda said.

The chief minister refused to say anything on Mohan’s personal life and activities.

Mohan was Monday also disowned by his father and former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal for illegally marrying for the second time.

“Mohan’s first wife and two children will be looked after by us. I have disowned him from the family,” Bhajan Lal said in Haryana’s Hisar city.

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