Bindal resigns from HP health minister's post
Himachal chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal's trusted lieutenant health minister Rajeev Bindal, who was recently appointed as the party's general secretary by the BJP high command, tendered his resignation from ministerial berth on Monday.
Informing about his resignation, Bindal said he had tendered resignation to Dhumal and taken over the post of general secretary.
"I have performed my duties with full dedication in the government for the past four and half years and on the directions of the high command, I am now ready to serve the party," said Bindal. Bindal, a staunch supporter of Dhumal, has remained the prime target of the faction led by Shanta Kumar.
The party, in a bid to placate the dissidents, has appointed him the party's general secretary. It was last year that four BJP legislators, accompanied by two ministers, had called on national party president Nitin Gadkari at his residence in Delhi, demanding removal of Bindal from the cabinet.
The ruling party faced on odd situation when the Opposition Congress resorted to continuous boycott of the health minister in Vidhan Sabha during the budget session.
The Congress targeted Bindal over the land deals even as he offered to quit his ministerial berth. Dhumal at that time had rejected his resignation from the cabinet, saying that the charges of Congress did not hold ground and were politically motivated. The move to shift Bindal to the organisation came close on heels when Gadkari was scheduled to meet Dhumal and Shanta to bring truce in the party. The step by state party chief Satpal Satti was seen as a move to send signal across the Shanta camp that the party wants truce before the elections.
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Sanyukt Kisan Manch, an umbrella organisation of different farmers' unions, have rejected the prices announced by Adani Agri Fresh – a company that imports fruit. Sourced from farmers in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. The fruit supply chains in Himachal have announced a marginal increase in the opening price for A-grade premium apples for Rs 76 per kilogram against Rs 72 it offered last year.
A gunfight erupted between militants and security forces in Kandra Hill area of Rajouri, officials said on Sunday. Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said, “Today, around 7.30pm, an operational contact was established by troops of Indian Army, Rashtriya Rifles and SOG with terrorists at Kandra Hill in Rajouri.” A senior police officer said that a team of police and army launched a cordon and search operation in Kandra Hill on a specific input.
Come September and film aficionados in Kashmir will be able to watch the latest movies on the big screen as the Valley's first multiplex is set to open in the Sonawar area here. The multiplex, being developed in collaboration with leading theatre chain INOX, will have three movie halls with a total capacity of 520 seats, its owner Vijay Dhar told PTI. It will house several food courts, where Dhar plans to promote local cuisine.
A walkathon was organised on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Sunday in which Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, along with many senior civil, security officials and hundreds of security personnel, besides people marched holding Tricolour in hands. The walkathon, a part of the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign, was organised by the Border Security Force from the Lalit Ghat to the Botanical Garden.