Even as chief minister Virbhadra Singh is yet to accept his resignation, Ghumarwin legislator Rajesh Dharmani is firm on his decision to have quit the post of chief parliamentary secretary.
“I have no complaints. It was my conscious decision to give up the post. I cannot keep sticking to a customary post and kill my conscious,” Rajesh Dharmani told HT. “Being a chief parliamentary secretary, one cannot even perform the constitutional responsibility of an MLA. The post forbids you from raising public issues inside the Vidhan Sabha,” said Dharmani, who was attached with the forest department.
“Being a CPS, I had nothing to do with the forest department. I couldn’t even attend the meetings of forest department or the wildlife board,” Dharmani said, adding that the post of chief parliamentary secretary was only for appeasing the legislators.
When pointed out that he had opted for the post after assembly elections last year, Dharmani said, “Initially, I was reluctant to become a chief parliamentary secretary. It was after appointment that I realised being a CPS meant nothing,” said.
This for the second time in last seven months that Dharmani has resigned from the post of chief parliamentary secretary. Earlier he had tendered his resignation on October 3, 2013, but withdrew the same a day later on the intervention of transport minister GS Bali and industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri.