28 Feb 2024

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said this about his resignation

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has said that he has not resigned from the post of CM.

I am a warrior and fight every battle like a war, said Sukhu amid Congress crisis.

He said, "I have not resigned. The Congress Party government will last for five years. This is a common man's government."

"The way the Bharatiya Janata Party is behaving in the House is not appropriate."

He said, "Those who are doing this propaganda should keep in mind that we will prove our majority in the budget session. I want to make it clear that the Congress party government will last for five years."

On the news of resignations, Sukhu said, "I was in the assembly proceedings. I came to know when I got a call. Then I started giving clarifications. I have not given any resignation."

Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said that some BJP MLAs are in touch with Congress.

He said, "Some of his MLAs are also in touch with us."

Sukhu's defiant note comes amid expectations the BJP will force the ruling party into a floor test either today, or later this week, to prove its majority in the 68-member Assembly.

The Congress had 40 MLAs before the Rajya Sabha poll debacle - comfortably above the majority mark of 34.  With support from three independent lawmakers, the party was well-placed. But now independents are also likely to also switch sides.

The BJP had only 25, down from the 44 it won in the 2017 election.

However, the impending defection of the six Congress MLAs changes the situation.

The numbers game was further muddied this morning after the Assembly Speaker expelled 15 BJP MLAs for sloganeering and alleged misconduct. This means the effective strength of the House falls to 53 and the effective majority to 27 - which is low enough for the Congress to clear any challenge.

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