A day after reports of 20 out of 36 Congress MLA's, including four ministers, reportedly wrote to chief minister Virbhadra Singh seeking cancellation of interviews for the recruitment of transport multi-purpose assistants (TMPAs) appeared in media, transport minister GS Bali on Monday hit back, threatening to take a legal course if something derogatory and defamatory had been said against him in the said letter.
Bali, who is virtually raising a banner of revolt against his own government these days, said he had urged the chief minister to send the 'letter', if he has received one, to him.
“I will consult my lawyers and if something derogatory and defamatory is found in the letter, the signatories will have to face a legal action,” threatened Bali, adding that he had every right to save his honour.
He, however, termed the entire episode a conspiracy hatched by a few.
“This a conspiracy to sabotage my Rojgar Lakshya rally slated for December 30 at Nagrota Bagwan,” alleged Bali.
The minister claimed that he had talked to five of the MLAs, including ministers Sujan Singh Pathania and TS Bharmouri and chief parliamentary secretary Vinay Kumar, who according to the reports, have signed the letter.
“They all refuted to have singed any such letter,” said Bali. Members of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP), in the said letter had requested the chief minister to cancel tests and interviews for the post of TMPAs in the larger public interest as the procedure adopted for the purpose had come under controversy.
The issue had also rocked the state assembly during the winter session wherein Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had alleged a scam in the screening test held for the recruitments.
The HRTC had conducted the written exam for the recruitment of the TMPAs on October 19. BJP members had alleged that the recruitment process was flawed and a large number of candidates from Nagrota Bagwan, the home turf of Bali, had been selected. The recruitment process has also been challenged in the high court.
Meanwhile, Bali said it wouldn't be wise for him to comment on a matter, which is sub judice. However he said, “I will like to remind those people who are leveling baseless allegations that recruitment process was not transparent and unlike earlier, it was for the first time a third party 'HP Technical Education Board' was involved in the process.”
To take fight to opponent's turf
Disgruntled on being sidelined in the government affairs, GS Bali would hold second leg of Rojgar Lakshya Rally at Dharamsala, the home turf of his arch rival, the town and country planning minister Sudhir Sharma.
Locked in a battle of supremacy with Sharma, Bali is holding the first rally at Nagrota on Tuesday.