28 Feb 2024

Himachal Pradesh Crisis: What CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said about accepting Vikramaditya Singh's resignation

The Congress faced a crisis in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, just 24 hours after a shocking defeat in a Rajya Sabha election. Six MLAs and three independents cross-voted, aligning with the BJP, raising concerns about the government's majority status.

Amidst this turmoil, confusion surrounds Minister Vikramaditya Singh, who tendered his resignation from the Sukhu government. While Vikramaditya expressed his commitment to "working for a stable government," Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu stated that there is no ground for accepting the resignation.

CM Sukhu assured, "I have spoken to Vikramaditya; he had some reasons. He is our younger brother, and we will address his concerns. His resignation has not been accepted. There is some discontent, and we will resolve it."

Sukhu announced plans to propose the disqualification of the MLAs who engaged in cross-voting.

Earlier, CM Sukhu had disclosed that six MLAs had participated in cross-voting.

Meanwhile, Vikramaditya Singh emphasized the importance of government stability. He said, "We are all working together for government's stability." 

Responding to queries about joining the BJP after his resignation, he clarified, "No, there is nothing like that as of now."

Vikramaditya Singh is the son of former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Meanwhile, to resolve the political crisis arising in Himachal Pradesh, the Congress Party has sent its senior leaders to Shimla.

In view of the political developments in the state, party national president Mallikarjun Kharge has sent former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar to Shimla to normalize the situation.

The BJP - claiming a boost to its numbers thanks to the cross-voting by Congress and independent MLAs - sought today to force a floor test. The challenge was circumvented by the Congress but, had it gone through, Mr Sukhu's government could well have fallen.

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