Himachal Pradesh chief parliamentary secretary tenders resignation


By : Mohan Verma

Upset with the working of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Rajesh Dharmani tendered resignation from the post, second time since assuming the charge, party leaders said on Saturday.

According to party insiders, he was not satisfied with the post of Chief Parliamentary Secretary (forests) as it lacked power. He cited ‘no work’ allocation as the reason for the quitting the post.

Mr. Dharmani earlier resigned in last October. After persuasion by industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri the two-time legislator withdrew the resignation.

In the 16 month old Congress government, Dharmani is the second leader to quit.

A civil engineer by profession, he is a second-time legislator from Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district.

Sources said Dharmani was upset as he was not being kept in the loop in the affairs of the forest department attached with him.

A loyalist of senior minister Vidya Stokes said that Dharmani was initially eying cabinet berth in the Virbhadra Singh government, but was made Chief Parliamentary Secretary along with seven others last year.

Earlier, Rakesh Kalia had resigned to uphold the principle of ‘one-man, one-post’ after he was made secretary of the All-India Congress Committee.


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