Now Chand Says He Respects Fiza, Loves First Wife,

Now Chand Says He Respects Fiza, Loves First Wife,
The Chand-Fiza saga saw yet another twist today with Haryana's former deputy chief minister saying that he "loves" his first wife Seema and their children and was "missing" them, three days after he abruptly left the house he shared with his second wife Fiza.

43-year-old Chand, who just two months ago created a stir by converting to Islam to marry former Additional Advocate General Anuradha Bali alias Fiza and publicly proclaimed his "undying" love for her, gave indications of a change of heart.

"I love Seema (his first wife), my children a son and a daughter," Chander Mohan, who changed his name to Chand Mohammad after conversion, told reporters here after resurfacing from a three-day hibernation.

On being asked about Fiza, 37, who allegedly attempted suicide and was arrested by police on the charge before being released on bail yesterday, Chand said, "I respect her."

Chand, who is the son of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, and Fiza married in November last year, drawing the wrath of his family which disowned him. Chand was also sacked as Deputy Chief Minister. The couple came out in open about their marriage on November 30 last year.

Parrying questions on whether Chand would return back to his first wife, an agitated Fiza asked why he was "not coming out in open".

"Everyone can understand under what compulsion he (Chand) made the latest statement at the house of friend of his brother Kuldeep Bishnoi in Gurgaon," she said in Mohali.

Fiza said she will leave it to the "people of the country to decide what is happening with her".

 "I will not make any comments till Chand comes in front of me," Fiza said reacting to her husband's comment that he was "missing" his first wife and her children.

Asked about her next course of action, Fiza said "wait and watch."

Replying to a question, she said, "I will not leave Islam...I had embraced it from the core of my heart."

"It is not in good taste to play with sentiments of a woman and religion."

"I belong to a middle class family....All types of questions are asked to me, but nobody is asking any question from Chand Mohammad as he is from a big political background," Fiza said.

A visibly distraught Fiza had created a stir early this week by claiming that Chand was abducted at the behest of his family but it was denied within hours by him over phone. Chand said he had gone on his own.

A day later, Fiza was rushed to a hospital in a semi-conscious state following an overdose of sleeping pills and blood pressure tablets. She was yesterday arrested for allegedly attempting suicide but was immediately released on bail.

But Fiza yesterday denied that she had attempted suicide and dismissed reports that relations between Chand and her were "strained" leading to his going away without intimating her about his whereabouts.

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