Bali, Manko­tia Cre­ate Em­bar­rass­ment for Hi­machal Congress

The Day After - - STATES DIARY -

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.

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