BJP for minister’s resignation, Himachal CM says it is his prerogative

Shimla: While Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has Not sought the resignation of health minister Rajeev Bindal from the cabinet but a party diktat of appointing the minister as a BJP general secretary may force his resignation on the principle of one man one post.

Fast moving political developments in the day had state BJP president Satpal Satti appoint Rajeev Bindal as a party general secretary.

“Keeping the upcoming elections in mind, Rajeev Bindal has been appointed as general secretary of the party,” Satti let Hill Post know over phone.

When pointed out that Bindal was a cabinet minister, Satti said, “the party abides by the principal of one man one post and the minister would have to go by the party norms.”

When Hill Post contacted Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and sought his response to the party diktat on an issue about the state cabinet that happens to be a chief minister’s prerogative, he responded, “I have not asked health minister Rajeev Bindal to resign.”

However he added, “given the health minister Rajeev Bindal’s organizational skills as shown in the recent municipal corporation elections, the party may be needing his services for organizational requirements for the upcoming general assembly elections.”

About Bindal continuing in the cabinet, Dhumal said, “a decision about it would be taken at the appropriate time.”

Despite repeated attempts, Bindal could not be contacted.

Infighting in the BJP surfaced elsewhere also as a letter by Khushi Ram Balnatah, a first time BJP legislator from Rohru, written to party president Nitin Gadhkari and leaked to the media, demanded a leadership change in the state before the assembly elections.

Pointing out to the inroads CPI(M) had made in three assembly seats in Shimla district where the left party demonstrated its strength by winning the Shimla mayors and deputy mayors elections by a huge margin, Balnatah in the letter to the party president states, “if the party wants to return to power in the assembly elections, there needs to be an immediate leadership change in the government and a major reshuffle in the party.”

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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