Hisar (Har): Former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, who grabbed headlines with his controversial second marriage to Fiza Mohammed, on Sunday left the ruling Congress and joined Haryana Janhit Congress, floated by his late father Bhajan Lal.

Mohan, a four-time legislator from Kalka seat of Haryana and elder son of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, joined the HJC, a party floated five years back by his father and brother Kuldeep Bishnoi after parting ways with the Congress.

In a show of unity, the family held a rally on the death anniversary of Bhajan Lal near Mandi Adampur, about 40 km from here, where a formal announcement on his joining was made.

Jasma Devi, wife of Bhajan Lal, had been pressing for the 'union' of brothers after the death of Bhajan Lal. BJP leaders Om Parkash Dhankhar, Harsh Vardhan and state president Krishan Pal Gujjar paid rich tributes to Bhajan Lal and claimed that HJC-BJP combine would become stronger with the joining of Chander Mohan.

At the rally, Kuldip Bishnoi, who is HJC MP from Hisar, was projected as next chief minister by the combine.     "My father's wish has been fulfilled. He wanted to see the family as one unit. Now together we shall launch a struggle against the Congress regime and uproot it from
Haryana," Bishnoi said.

Chander Mohan was made Deputy Chief Minister in Bhupinder Singh Hooda government when Congress returned to power in Haryana in 2005 with an overwhelming majority.    Hooda had edged out Bhajan Lal in the race of Chief Ministership, which eventually led Lal and Bishnoi to sever ties with Congress

However, Chander Mohan continued to remain in the Congress but in 2009 he was removed as Deputy Chief Minister after he left his family and wife and resurfaced after many days only to announce that he had converted to Islam and married Anuradha Bali alias Fiza Mohammed, a former senior law officer of Haryana. He was also disowned by his father.

However, the couple's tumultuous relationship did not last long and he was accepted back into the family.



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