Bali, Mankotia Create Embarrassment for Himachal Congress
Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister G S Bali skipped Congress MLAs’ lunch with Opposition’s Presidential poll nominee, Meira Kumar, and instead spent time with sacked state Tourism Board vice-chairman Major (retd) Vijai Singh Mankotia. Right after a brief Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting, which was also attended by Meira Kumar, AICC general secretary Ambika Soni, CM Virbhadra Singh and Congress’s Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, Bali quietly drove to his official residence, where Mankotia was waiting for him.
Bali drove Mankotia towards town’s Mall Road, where both went for a stroll. Later, as the two sipped tea at HPTDC’s restaurant, both were joined by other Congress leaders, including PCC Chief spokesperson Kuldeep Rathore. Mankotia was removed from the post of vice-chairman three days ago over an interview accusing Chief Minister of corruption. A day later, he had urged the Governor to dismiss Virbhadra from the CM’s post.