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Vishal Joshi , Hindustan Times
Panipat, August 16, 2013
After causing embarrassment to Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda camp, the “rebel” Congress legislator from Panipat (city) Balbir Pal Shah on Friday withdrew his resignation from the state assembly. However, not emerging as a relenting leader, Shah told Hindustan Times that he withdrew his resignation only at the timely intervention of the party high command and not the state leadership.

“My resignation was aimed at highlighting the indifferent state bureaucracy only. It was only after All India Congress Committee (AICC) officials including the party treasurer Moti Lal Vora and the Congress’s Haryana in charge Shakeel Ahmad discussed poor development in Panipat with me that Hooda came to me on Thursday to assure development. Hooda has directed the bureaucrats to utilise the allocated funds and ensure clarity of the development activities within next 45-days,” Shah said.

Earlier, leveling allegations of lopsided development in his constituency, the five-time legislator Shah had tendered his resignation to the Vidhan Sabha speaker Kuldeep Sharma on August 4.

The sudden move had created political ripples as Shah had skipped the Iftar party in Panipat attended by Hooda only to submit his resignation.

On August 4 morning, Shah had hosted tea for Birender Singh, the Rajya Sabha member and bête noire of Hooda and it had invited a strong reaction by the Hooda group.

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