Chief minister Virbhadra Singh accepted the resignation of Ghumarwin MLA Rajesh Dharmani from the post of chief parliamentary secretary on Friday.
"Dharmani was asked to review his resignation, but he was adamant on it," said the chief minister while he confirmed that he had accepted Dharmani's resignation.
"A chief parliamentary secretary cannot be given the job of a cabinet minister," he said.
Singh underplayed the reported annoyance of Dharmani over appointment of novice Bilaspur MLA Bhumbhar Thakur as the chairman of the district grievances committee.
"Dharmani heads one committee, Thakur heads the other. Former forest minister Ram Lal Thakur is chairman of the 20-point program committee. Therefore, he should not have nothing to resent," he added.
Singh hinted that the post of chief parliamentary secretaries that fell vacant following resignation of Kalia and Dharmani would be filled in near future. "Appointment of chief parliamentary and parliamentary secretaries is a continuous process in the government," he said.
Singh refused to comment when asked whether Dharmani's resignation was act of indiscipline.
Clearing air on his sudden visit to Delhi to meet senior party leaders, the chief minister said, "Many issues concerning the party were pending for discussion. I just went to Delhi to meet AICC general secretary Ambika Soni as she was going abroad for a few days."
Singh said legislators could soon be given positions in the government. The chief minister during his visit to Delhi had discussed issues related to the party which also included appointment of chairmen and vice-chairmen in boards and corporations that had been lying vacant ever since the government assumed the office.
Singh said the government would fill the lone cabinet berth soon.
He also set aside the opposition party's criticism over hike in bus fare. "Public transport is an
essential service. There is a need to streamline it," Singh said, explaining that the minimum fare of an auto-rickshaw in plain areas start from `10.
"The decision on reducing the minimum bus fare from `5 to `3 would be deliberated in the cabinet," he said.
Singh said the government would add a fleet of 500 buses for providing better transport services to the passengers.
Singh refuted that FIR against former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal's elder son Anurag Thakur and his younger brother Arun Singh in a land deal was part of political vendetta.
"I don't believe in political vendetta. Everyone knows my track record," he said.
"Cases filed against the two cannot be compared to the frivolous cases filed against me during the regime of Prem Kumar Dhumal," he added.
State executive to discuss one man, one post
The state executive committee of the Congress will meet here on Saturday to discuss scores of issues concerning the party.
The executive members could also discuss the one-man-one-post norm being emphasised by AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Recently, AICC general secretary Janardhan Diwedi had sent a reminder on the issue and had sought status report from HPCC president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.