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Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu to continue as Himachal CM: Congress

Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu's political crisis: The turbulence in the hilly state was triggered by cross-voting by six Congress MLAs in the Rajya Sabha election for the lone seat from Himachal Pradesh.

Nivedita Dash Edited By: Nivedita Dash @Nivedita0503 Shimla Updated on: February 29, 2024 17:04 IST
CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu
Image Source : PTI CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu

In a huge relief for Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the Congress on Thursday cleared that he will continue as Chief Minister. If sources are to be believed, the Congress party fears that the change might lead to rebellion by the Sukhu camp MLAs. Also, since there is not much time left for the Lok Sabha elections, it would be better to have the existing system in place to maintain stability in the state. Congress observers Bhupendra Singh Hooda and DK Shivakumar, who were rushed to the hilly state, meanwhile, held meeting with rebel MLAs on one-to-one basis.

Following the meeting, Congress observer Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, "A 6-member coordination committee consisting of CM, PCC, Deputy CM and three members will be constituted. The names of these three members will be announced later."

DK Shivakumar, Congress observer, said, "...Our CM accepted that some failure has happened. But it will not continue further. We have spoken to all the MLAs personally. We have spoken to the PCC president, CM. One round of discussion will happen later. So all of them have sorted out all their differences. They'll work together... We are forming a coordination committee between the party and the government with five to six members....They will all work together to save the party and save the government..."

The Congress scrambled Wednesday to save its government in Himachal Pradesh, amid dramatic developments that included suspension of 15 BJP MLAs by the Speaker and a resignation offer by high-profile minister Vikramaditya Singh. Singh, who is the son of Himachal Congress president Pratibha Singh, said in the morning that he is submitting his resignation from council of ministers but hours later softened his stand.

In a show of strength, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Thursday claimed the support of 29 MLAs and called a meeting over breakfast. Reports suggest that the stand of 3-4 MLAs are not clear. Congress stalwart Abhishek Manu Singhvi was defeated by BJP’s Harsh Mahajan Tuesday through a draw of lots, after the two candidates bagged 34 votes each. The result meant that the Congress which had stormed into power in the state just 14 months back, winning 40 seats in the assembly, had failed to reach the halfway mark.

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