After being snubbed by the BJP's central leadership for giving statements in favour of firebrand leader Uma Bharti's return to the saffron party, Madhya Pradesh Minister, Babulal Gaur on Saturday maintained a stoic silence on the issue.
Gaur, Urban Administration and Development minister, refused to comment over any query relating to Bharati's return to the party at a press conference in Balaghat.
The minister had reportedly offered to resign after being advised at the recent cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan not to speak on the issue of Bharti.
Gaur had also reportedly left the meeting in a huff but has denied any of these incidents taking place.
The minister, however, said his department would employ 50,000 people in urban bodies in the next three years, and with this, "deputation culture in the department would come to an end".