The cabinet meeting that was convened on short notice ended in Shimla with a resolution expressing solidarity with chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday.
All cabinet ministers, except health minister Kaul Singh Thakur and industry minister Mukesh Agnihotri, attended the meeting. Irrigation minister Vidya Stokes said the cabinet stand behind the Himachal CM who find himself in the midst of controversy with the enforcement directorate having arrested LIC agent Anand Chauhan in connection with the Virbhadra’s money laundering case.
Since Chauhan’s arrest, the opposition had scaled up its attack on Virbhadra.
“We have been reading in the news that the opposition is demanding CM’s resignation. So, we decided to express our unity and solidarity,” Stokes told HT.
She denied any kind ‘emergency’ behind the meeting.
Meanwhile transport minister GS Bali said the cabinet was called to discuss the dates and term of the monsoon session. However, there had been no final decision regarding it.
“A single line resolution was passed which stated that the entire cabinet was with the CM. The Opposition is trying to mislead the people and the cabinet has rejected the demand for the CM’s resignation,” Bali added.