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Himachal minister Vikramaditya Singh says won't press on resignation for now as CM Sukhu deals govt crisis

The crisis in Congress-led Himachal government was triggered after Tuesday’s cross-voting by six Congress MLAs in the Rajya Sabha election for the lone seat in the state.

Shashwat Bhandari Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: February 29, 2024 6:06 IST
MLA Vikramaditya Singh in Shimla
Image Source : PTI MLA Vikramaditya Singh in Shimla

Himachal political crisis: Congress leader and PWD minister in Himachal Pradesh government Vikramaditya Singh on Wednesday said he won't press on his resignation for now after Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu refused to accept it.

took back his resignation from the state Cabinet following a meeting with party observers Deepender Hooda, Bhpesh Baghel and DK Shivakumar in Shimla.

Speaking after taking back his resignation, Vikramaditya Singh said, "It is the responsibility of every individual to strengthen the organisation. In the larger interest and unity of the party, the resignation by me in the morning which the CM refused to accept, I would not like to press it further. There was no danger (to the government), it was just a creation."

"There is a difference between taking back the resignation and not pressing the resignation till the time the dialogue and the action of the observers is not complete... We have talked to the observers. We have informed them about the present situation... I will not press my resignation until a decision is taken. The final decision will be taken in the coming time...," Vikramaditya Singh added.

"Our government will be safe at all costs. It is unfortunate that despite having a majority, we lost the Rajya Sabha polls (in Himachal Pradesh). Being a senior Congress leader, I appeal my friends who have gone to return to the party fold," said senior Congress leader Kaul Singh Thakur.

"Congress party observers who came to Shimla are talking with party MLAs and taking their opinions. They met Vikramaditya Singh and talked to him. CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and party high command have stated that they are not going to accept his resignation and he has also agreed not to press on his decision to resign,” Congress MP Rajeev Shukla said after meeting with party observers in Shimla.

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Vikramaditya Singh, as he announced his resignation, said he was "deeply hurt" with the transpiring going on over the past two days and said there is a need to ponder what went wrong for the Congress.

He said he has apprised Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi of the developments. The ball is now in the party high command's court, he added.

"The Congress party had made promises to the people and we owe the responsibility to fulfil those promises. I would decide my future course of action after consulting my supporters," Vikramaditya Singh said.

He said the 2022 assembly elections in the state was fought in the name of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, also his father.

"There was no poster or hoarding or banner which did not carry his picture. There was a full-page ad with his picture in the newspapers a day before voting," he said.

But after the victory, when the matter of installing his statue arose, the government failed to decide the location.

"It is not a political but an emotional thing for a son," Vikramaditya Singh said.

Vikramaditya Singh has been raising his concerns about the functioning of the government while state Congress president Pratibha Singh, his mother, had been repeatedly pressing for rewarding the dedicated leaders of the organisation, who worked hard for the victory of the party.

With inputs from PTI

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