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Himachal Pradesh News: Six rebel Congress MLAs disqualified by Speaker to move SC

Himachal Pradesh News: The BJP secured victory in the state's sole RS seat on Wednesday, with its candidate Harsh Mahajan defeating Cong stalwart Singhvi.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, along with other Congress observers, spoke with the media on Thursday.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, along with other Congress observers, spoke with the media on Thursday.

Himachal Pradesh News: Amidst political turmoil in Himachal Pradesh following the defeat of the Congress candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections, chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu affirmed on Wednesday that his government would continue to operate for the full five-year term. "Neither the high command nor anyone else has requested my resignation, and there is no indication of such," Sukhu stated....Read More

He highlighted, “The state BJP leaders lacked confidence in their own people, resorting to the deployment of CRPF and Haryana police, and even using a helicopter.”In an unexpected setback for the ruling Congress in Himachal Pradesh, the BJP secured victory in the state's sole Rajya Sabha seat on Wednesday, with its candidate Harsh Mahajan defeating Congress stalwart Abhishek Manu Singhvi. This result has potentially paved the way for a no-confidence motion in the assembly.

Sukhu affirmed, "Despite this setback, I want to stress that the people of Himachal are with us, the MLAs are with us, and I can confidently say that we will lead the Himachal government for the next five years."

When asked whether the current situation stemmed from "Operation Lotus" or internal issues, the chief minister admitted, "There may have been some mistakes and shortcomings due to those errors." However, he added, "Operation Lotus played a more significant role in the situation, employing certain tactics."

Tuesday's voting ended in a tie, with both Congress and BJP candidates securing 34 votes each, indicating that at least six Congress MLAs voted against the party. The result was subsequently determined by drawing lots.

In the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly, the Congress holds 40 seats, the BJP has 25 legislators, and the remaining three seats are held by independents.

Here are some pointers on the political crisis in Himachal:

  • A petition seeking disqualification of the six party MLAs was filed in Himachal assembly on Wednesday. However, Himachal Pradesh Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania reserved his order on a Congress petition seeking disqualification of six party MLAs who cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha election.
  • CM Sukhu's conciliatory message amid turmoil in state – The CM emphasised that all fellow party members were akin to his younger siblings and underscored the party's ethos of “forgiveness” over “revenge”. He asserted that the Congress government would complete its term.
  • The budget was passed through voice vote in Himachal assembly amid turmoil and the assembly session adjourned.

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Feb 29, 2024 8:24 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: 6 rebel Congress MLAs disqualified by Speaker to move SC

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania announced on Thursday the disqualification of six Congress MLAs who abstained from voting on the Budget in the assembly, after cross-voting in the recent Rajya Sabha polls. One of the disqualified MLAs expressed intent to challenge the Speaker's decision in the Supreme Court, PTI reported.

The six rebel Congress MLAs defied the party whip to vote in favour of the government on the cut motion and finance bill, prompting the ruling Congress to seek their disqualification.

Feb 29, 2024 8:04 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal LoP Jairam Thakur after Congress govt staves off crisis

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Amid reports of political instability, Congress national observers brokered a truce in Himachal Pradesh. However, Opposition leader Jairam Thakur suggests slim chances of survival for the ruling party in the future. Karnataka deputy chief minister DK Shivkumar, dispatched by the high command to resolve tensions, reassured the government's stability and unity within the party.

Speaking to ANI, Thakur accused the Assembly Speaker, who earlier suspended 15 BJP MLAs, including the former CM, of behaving like a Congress leader.

Feb 29, 2024 7:31 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Pradesh Congress president Pratibha Singh on state's political situation

Feb 29, 2024 5:54 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: CM Sukhu takes responsibility for Singhvi's defeat, says DK Shivakumar

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has assumed responsibility for Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi's defeat in the Rajya Sabha polls, party's central observer DK Shivakumar on Thursday said. Shivakumar added that the central observers have engaged in discussions with Sukhu, party MLAs, and state unit chief Pratibha Singh, successfully resolving any discord.

Speaking to the media alongside party observer Bhupinder Hooda, Shivakumar said that after individual consultations with Congress MLAs and discussions with Sukhu and state Congress chief Pratibha Singh, any discrepancies have been resolved. He further announced the formation of a coordination committee to address internal issues, emphasising that no leader would communicate with the press.

Feb 29, 2024 5:38 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Resignation news is a part of conspiracy,’ says CM Sukhu

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Regarding the reports of Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu's resignation from the Chief Minister's post in Himachal Pradesh, he stated that the news is part of a "conspiracy" and refuted the claim.

“I don't know where this news (of my resignation) came from. I refuted that claim. That news was spread as part of a conspiracy so that our numbers go down during voting (in the House for Budget passage). We have run the government honestly, and they (BJP) have been trying to destabilise it,” Sukhu said on Thursday while addressing media.

Feb 29, 2024 5:23 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Coordination committee to be formed, announces Congress observer Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh: Congress observer Bhupinder Singh Hooda says, “A 6-member coordination committee consisting of CM, PCC, Deputy CM and three members will be constituted. The names of these three members will be announced later.”

(ANI)

Feb 29, 2024 5:07 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘No Operation Lotus here, Sukhu is the CM,’ says DK Shivakumar

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Amid the political turmoil in Himachal Pradesh, DK Shivakumar, Karnataka's deputy chief minister and Congress observer, when asked if Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu will remain CM for five years, says, “Congress government is there and Sukhu is the CM. All the MLAs want Congress government for 5 years...No operation Lotus here.”

Feb 29, 2024 4:18 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Oppn leader Jairam Thakur questions suspension of 15 MLAs

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Regarding the suspension of 15 MLAs from the Himachal Pradesh Assembly, Jairam Thakur, the Leader of the Opposition in Himachal Pradesh says, “The entire country has seen the political happenings in ‘devbhoomi’ Himachal Pradesh. If Congress had a majority why wasn't the Division Board which we had asked for a vote on the Financial Bill in Vidhan Sabha given? Why was the House adjourned? If Congress had a majority why were 15 MLAs from BJP suspended?”

(ANI)

Feb 29, 2024 3:51 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Himachal political situation

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Himachal Pradesh's political situation says, “These allegations have been leveled against the BJP for years. Whether they cheat in elections like we all saw during Chandigarh (Mayoral) elections or they try to buy the MLAs of another party and threaten them. I feel, that these allegations should be investigated.”

Feb 29, 2024 3:07 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live | ‘All is well’: Cong observer DK Shivakumar on meeting with Himachal leaders

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress observer and Karnataka deputy CM DK Shivakumar, after meeting with Himachal Pradesh Congress leaders Vikramaditya Singh and Pratibha Singh in Shimla says, “All is well. This govt will stay for 5 years. All issues have been sorted out. We are hearing all the MLAs. There is no problem in the government.”

(ANI)

Feb 29, 2024 2:56 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: BJP legislative party meeting underway in Shimla

Feb 29, 2024 2:33 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Cong's Vikramaditya Singh, Pratibha Singh arrives at Shimla hotel

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Pradesh minister Vikramaditya Singh and Congress MP Pratibha Singh arrive at a hotel in Shimla to meet ‘Congress observers’.

According to ANI, sources revealed on Thursday that the Congress observers assigned to handle the situation in Himachal Pradesh have suggested retaining Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu as chief minister until the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. These sources further indicated that senior leaders Bhupinder Singh Hooda and DK Shivakumar, appointed as observers in the state, have submitted their initial findings to Congress's high command.

Feb 29, 2024 2:18 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Vikramaditya Singh keeps party guessing, stays away from CM breakfast meet

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress MLA Vikramaditya Singh, who withdrew his resignation as a state minister, remains a puzzle for the party's leadership. Despite stating he wouldn't pursue the matter further, the son of former Himachal CM Veerbhadra Singh was notably absent from a breakfast gathering hosted by CM Sukhvinder Sukhu. While 32 MLAs attended the meeting, Speaker Kuldeep Pathania was concurrently addressing the media about his ruling to disqualify six MLAs.

Feb 29, 2024 2:03 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: 'PM Modi's chanakya niti failed in Himachal', says Cong leader Jairam Ramesh

Himachal Pradesh News Live: “We want to say one thing very clearly. The Prime Minister and the so-called Chanakya have completely failed in Himachal. After the intervention of the Congress leadership and the promptness of our observers, the situation there is completely under the control of the Congress,” Jairam Thakur said on himachal political crisis.

Feb 29, 2024 2:00 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Here's what Congress leader Priyanka Vadra said amid political crisis in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took a pointed dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday amidst the political turmoil in Himachal Pradesh. She accused the BJP of attempting to subvert the people's mandate through the misuse of resources, influence, and central agencies. Vadra asserted that the BJP's actions were steering the state towards a perilous political crisis.

Feb 29, 2024 1:48 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Recap | Congress MLA Vikramaditya Singh keeps party guessing, says wont press on resignation but stays away from CM meet

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "I had said that I won't press it. Dialogues are underway. Observers are here and they trying to set everything right. We will speak with them again...Himachal is 'devabhoomi', it has blessings of the deities and I had also gone to Ayodhya and took blessings of Lord Ram. So, we have everyone's blessings. There is no problem" Vikramaditya Singh said.

Feb 29, 2024 1:30 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Cong leaders meet at CM Sukhu's residence in Shimla

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar, former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and local Congress leaders and MLAs held a consultation at Himachal CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu's residence in Shimla today.

Feb 29, 2024 1:15 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: BJP president Rajeev Bindal says ‘Cong lost its opportunity’ in state

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "Our experts analyse the situation and after looking at their judgments, we will take a decision. It is too early to say anything. Congress was totally exposed in the Rajya Sabha elections...Congress has lost its opportunity. Morally they have no right to stay in power and emotions of the people of Himachal Pradesh are clear from this," he said.

Feb 29, 2024 1:08 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: State Cong president reacts to disqualification of 6 Congress MLAs from assembly

Himachal Pradesh News Live: “When it has been more than a year and you take no cognisance or listen to them, it is natural for them to be upset. Had you sat them down, talked to them and found out a solution, this situation would not have occurred,” she said.

Feb 29, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Recap | Here's what CM Sukhu said on reports of his resignation

Himachal Pradesh News Live: CM Sukhu on Wednesday dismissed reports of his resignation and said, “Neither has anyone asked for my resignation nor have I given my resignation to anyone.”

Feb 29, 2024 12:44 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Disqualified Cong MLAs defied party whip, says Speaker

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Speaking about the disqualified Cong MLAs Speaker said that they had defied party whip to vote in favour of government on financial bill.

Feb 29, 2024 12:23 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal minister Vikramaditya Singh speaks on his resignation matter

Himachal Pradesh News Live: On his resignation as a minister in the Himachal Pradesh cabinet, Congress MLA Vikramaditya Singh said, "I had said that I won't press it. Dialogues are underway. Observers are here and they trying to set everything right. We will speak with them again...Himachal is 'devabhoomi', it has blessings of the deities and I had also gone to Ayodhya and took blessings of Lord Ram. So, we have everyone's blessings. There is no problem..."

Feb 29, 2024 12:14 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: What Himachal minister Vikramaditya Singh said on disqualification of MLAs

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "It is not right for me to say anything on this as of now. Our Observers have come here and they have witnessed and understood the situation. The speaker has taken this decision. So, I don't think it is correct for me to make a comment on the same. Like I said, we will speak with the Observers and we we will see what the future course of action will be," said Himachal Pradesh minister Vikramaditya Singh.

Feb 29, 2024 12:09 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Who filed the petition against the MLAs who cross-voted?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: The petition was filed by Congress MLA and parliamentary affairs Minister Harsh Wardhan Chauhan under the anti-defection law for disqualification of the six MLAs.

Feb 29, 2024 12:03 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Who are the 6 Cong MLAs disqualified from state assembly?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: The six MLAs who have been disqualified are Sudhir Sharma, Rajinder Rana, Davinder K Bhutto, Ravi Thakur, Chaitanya Sharma and Inder Dutt Lakhanpal.

Feb 29, 2024 11:55 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘All 6 MLAs cease to be a member of state legislative assembly’, says Speaker Pathania

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "All 6 MLAs have been disqualified. They cease to be a member of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly...", said Speaker Pathania.

Feb 29, 2024 11:52 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Pronouncement is in reference to those observations made by the Supreme Court and High Courts’ says Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "..As per the anti-defection law, our secretariat received the petition filed against 6 legislators through the complainant who is also the Himachal Pradesh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harsh Wardhan Chauhan. When a speaker acts under the 10th schedule then he does not enjoy the power and privileges of the speaker but his position is as a tribunal, here I am in the shape of a tribunal judge...This pronouncement is in reference to those observations made by the Supreme Court and High Courts in various judgments..." said Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania.

Feb 29, 2024 11:47 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: What did Speaker say about disqualification of Himachal Cong MLAs?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "These six MLAs are disqualified and cease to be members of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly with immediate effect," the Speaker said.

These MLAs had cross-voted in favour of BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan in the Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday. Later, they abstained from voting on the budget in the assembly.

The House passed the Finance Bill by voice vote after Pathania suspended 15 BJP MLAs. The Speaker then adjourned the session sine die.

Feb 29, 2024 11:45 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Vikramaditya's remarks are his opinion, all MLAs are with CM Sukhu, says Congress leader RS Bali

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress leader Raghubir Singh Bali stated that State minister Vikramaditya Singh's decision to resign was due to differences of opinion rather than any disagreement. Bali asserted that the Congress MLAs support CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, and mentioned the possibility of calling a Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting at any time.

"What Vikramaditya ji said can be understood as a difference of opinion and not any sort of disagreement. And this is his opinion, but all the Congress MLAs are with Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, CLP meeting can also be called at any time," Bali said.

Feb 29, 2024 11:41 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Why were Himachal Cong MLAs disqualified?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: The Himachal Pradesh assembly speaker disqualified six Congress MLAs who defied the party whip to vote in favour of government on financial bill.

Feb 29, 2024 11:29 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Six Cong MLAs disqualified by Speaker

"Six MLAs, who contested on Congress symbol, attracted provisions of anti-defection law against themselves...I declare that the six people cease to be members of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly with immediate effect," the Speaker said.

Feb 29, 2024 11:16 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Breakfast meeting’ of Cong MLAs underway at CM's residence

Himachal Pradesh News Live: A ‘breakfast meeting’ of Cong MLAs called by CM Sikhu is underway at CM residence in Shimla

Feb 29, 2024 10:48 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘On one hand BJP claims to win 400 seats but on other.…’, says Danish Ali on cross-voting in Rajya Sabha polls

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "This is happening for the first time in the politics of the country. On one side, the ruling party is saying that they will be at 400, but on the other hand, they are working to break the opposition parties. The ruling party has formed a committee, and these people are responsible for seeing who will do cross-voting and who will break the MLAs of other parties. This is not good for Indian politics or Indian democracy," he said.

Feb 29, 2024 10:26 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress MLAs arrive at Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s residence in Shimla

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress MLAs arrived at Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s residence in Shimla for the 'breakfast meeting' called by him today.

Feb 29, 2024 10:13 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: What Cong MLAs said reacting to meeting called by CM Sukhu

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress MLA Sudarshan Singh Bablu said, "The CM has called everyone for breakfast. Let's see what discussions are taking place...We received the message last night. Our Government will continue under the leadership of the chief minister."

Feb 29, 2024 9:47 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Speaker likely to pronounce order on future of six defected Congress MLAs

Himachal Pradesh News Live: The Speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly, Kuldeep Singh Pathania, is expected to announce the decision regarding the fate of six rebel Congress MLAs who engaged in cross-voting during the Rajya Sabha polls on Thursday.

The petition seeking disqualification of the six MLAs under the anti-defection law was lodged by Congress MLA and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harsh Wardhan Chauhan.

The Congress-led government in the state is grappling with a crisis following the defection of six MLAs, who are reportedly in contact with the BJP. With 40 MLAs, the Congress holds the majority in the 68-member state assembly, while the BJP has 25. The remaining three seats are occupied by independents.

Feb 29, 2024 9:30 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu calls a 'breakfast meeting' of all Congress MLAs, today in Shimla.

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu called for a 'breakfast meeting' of all Congress MLAs, today in Shimla.

Feb 29, 2024 9:27 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘A ploy to pass budget, save Congress govt’: Himachal LoP Jairam Thakur after 15 BJP MLAs suspended

Himachal Pradesh News Live: After 15 BJP MLAs were suspended from the Assembly by Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania for allegedly creating a ruckus in the House, the Leader of Opposition Jairam Thakur on Wednesday alleged that the move was part of a ploy to pass the budget and save the Congress government.

Feb 29, 2024 9:11 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Speaker reserves order on party's petition to disqualify 6 rebel MLAs

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Pradesh Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania on Wednesday reserved his order on a Congress petition seeking disqualification of six party MLAs who cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha election.

The six MLAs also face the possibility of disqualification on another count.

Speaking in the assembly, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshwardhan Chauhan said a whip was issued to the party MLAs to be present in the House during voting Wednesday on budget. But these MLAs defied it by staying away, he added.

Feb 29, 2024 8:52 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Observers have reached Shimla, will talk to dissidents’: Sachin Pilot amid clouds over Cong govt in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "Our Rajya Sabha candidate from Himachal Pradesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, could not win the elections as some of our MLAs cross-voted. The party highcommand appointed observers, who have arrived in Shimla and will talk to all of them (dissident leaders). I hope the matter will be resolved soon," Pilot said.

Feb 29, 2024 8:35 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Who is Vikramaditya Singh, Cong minister who resigned from his post in Himachal?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Vikramaditya Singh is a two-time MLA. He won his first election in 2017. He repeated the performance in 2023.

The Congress has 40 MLAs while the BJP has 25 in the 68-member state assembly for which elections were held in 2022. The Congress government is facing crisis due to cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha polls which resulted in defeat of party nominee Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

Feb 29, 2024 8:20 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Decision to be taken by Speaker’, says Parliamentary Affairs Minister on petition to disqualify six rebel MLAs

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "The Congress government proved its majority today and passed the budget. A whip was issued to the party MLAs to be present in the House during voting on Wednesday on budget. But these MLAs defied it by staying away," parliamentary affairs minister Harshwardhan Chauhan said.

"Six rebel MLAs were found absent today during the passing of the budget. I told the Speaker about this. We filed a petition yesterday to disqualify them, and a hearing was held today. The Speaker will now take a decision on this," Chauhan added.

Feb 29, 2024 8:11 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: How numbers stand in Himachal after 15 BJP MLAs suspended

Himachal Pradesh News Live: In the 68-member Himachal Pradesh assembly, the Congress boasts 40 MLAs, while the BJP holds 25 seats, with three independents rounding out the composition. However, the recent defection of six Congress legislators has created turmoil within the party, particularly since it's only in power independently in three states.

Further complicating matters, the suspension of 15 BJP MLAs has added a new layer of intrigue to the ongoing political saga in Himachal Pradesh, reducing the effective strength of the House to 53. Should these MLAs remain suspended during the budget voting, the Congress would require 27 votes for passage. Read More

Feb 29, 2024 7:58 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘On one hand BJP claims to win 400 seats but on other.…’: Danish Ali on cross-voting in Rajya Sabha polls

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Following the cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha elections, where the Bharatiya Janata Party secured 10 out of 15 seats across three states, Lok Sabha MP Danish Ali remarked on Wednesday that it marks a first in our nation's history. He highlighted the contradiction wherein the ruling party asserts a potential victory of 400 seats, yet simultaneously engages in efforts to weaken opposition parties.

"This is happening for the first time in the politics of the country. On one side, the ruling party is saying that they will be at 400, but on the other hand, they are working to break the opposition parties. The ruling party has formed a committee, and these people are responsible for seeing who will do cross-voting and who will break the MLAs of other parties. This is not good for Indian politics or Indian democracy," he said.

Feb 29, 2024 7:51 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Who are the six Cong MLAs who cross-voted for BJP in RS election?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Rajinder Rana, Sudhir Sharma, Ravi Thakur, Inder Dutt Lakhanpal, Chetanya Sharma and Divender Kumar (Bhutto) are the six Cong MLAs who cross-voted for BJP in the RS elections.

Feb 29, 2024 7:44 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Shadow over Sukhu’s future as Congress battles to save Himachal govt | Read

Himachal Pradesh News Live: On Wednesday, the Congress went into overdrive to salvage its sole state government in northern India, dispatching senior leaders to Himachal Pradesh in a bid to pacify six rebel lawmakers. Their cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha election the previous day had not only resulted in the loss of a seat but also raised doubts about the tenure of Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu. More

Feb 29, 2024 7:39 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: 'Won't press my resignation until…': Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, the minister, who is the son of late Congress stalwart and long-time former CM Virbhadra Singh, said, "There is a difference between taking back the resignation and not pressing it until a final outcome emerges from the ongoing dialogue and the efforts of the central observers. We have had a round of discussions with the central observers and have briefed them on the present situation in the state. Till the final outcome (of the placatiry efforts of the central observers), I won't press my resignation."

Feb 29, 2024 7:32 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘We believe in forgiveness, not revenge’: CM Sukhu takes conciliatory tone amid turmoil

Himachal Pradesh News Live: In the midst of the political upheaval in Himachal Pradesh following the cross-voting incident involving six Congress MLAs during the Rajya Sabha seat polling on Tuesday, chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu made a significant statement on Wednesday. He emphasized that all fellow party members were akin to his younger siblings and underscored the party's ethos of "forgiveness" over "revenge."

Assuring that the Congress government will fulfil the mandate of the people and complete its tenure of five years, CM Sukhu said, "Hum toh sab ko maaf karne wale log hai, hum badle ki bhavna se kaam karne wale log nahi hain (We believe in forgiveness, not revenge.) All fellow members of my party are like my younger brothers and sisters. Our government will complete its full 5-year term."

Feb 29, 2024 7:30 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: What happened during RS elections in Himachal?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: On Wednesday, the Congress faced urgent challenges in maintaining its government in Himachal Pradesh amidst a series of dramatic events. This included the suspension of 15 BJP MLAs by the Speaker and a resignation offer from prominent minister Vikramaditya Singh, who later softened his stance.

Singh who initially announced his intention to resign from the council of ministers, later withdrew his offer after a meeting with central observers sent by the party to Shimla. He cited chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu's rejection of his resignation offer and emphasized the importance of party unity.

The turmoil stemmed from cross-voting by six Congress MLAs in the Rajya Sabha election, prompting the party to seek their disqualification. This led to a standoff in the assembly, with the BJP seeking a vote on the Budget to challenge the Congress's majority.

Despite the crisis, the Budget was eventually passed through voice vote, and the assembly session adjourned. Chief Minister Sukhu denied rumors of his resignation, asserting that the Congress government would complete its term.

Efforts to address the situation included Congress dispatching observers to Shimla and signalling a willingness to take "tough steps" to maintain party integrity. Vikramaditya Singh's initial resignation offer highlighted underlying tensions within the party, reflecting dissatisfaction with the leadership.

In the assembly, chaos ensued as BJP MLAs were suspended for alleged disrespect towards the Speaker. Despite their refusal to leave, the suspension was upheld, further intensifying the political deadlock.

The situation remained fluid, with the opposition BJP continuing to challenge the Congress government's legitimacy. The involvement of independent MLAs added complexity to the political landscape, highlighting the precarious nature of the state's governance.

Feb 29, 2024 7:16 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Will not press on my resignation for now,’ says Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Vikramaditya Singh said the central observers have assured him that his concerns would be taken care of and he is not pressing for the resignation, and added that the organisation is more important than individuals.

"In the larger interest, I will not press for my resignation," he told the media persons earlier in the day.

Feb 29, 2024 11:55 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘All 6 MLAs cease to be a member of state legislative assembly’, says Speaker Pathania

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "All 6 MLAs have been disqualified. They cease to be a member of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly...", said Speaker Pathania.

Feb 29, 2024 11:52 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Pronouncement is in reference to those observations made by the Supreme Court and High Courts’ says Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "..As per the anti-defection law, our secretariat received the petition filed against 6 legislators through the complainant who is also the Himachal Pradesh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harsh Wardhan Chauhan. When a speaker acts under the 10th schedule then he does not enjoy the power and privileges of the speaker but his position is as a tribunal, here I am in the shape of a tribunal judge...This pronouncement is in reference to those observations made by the Supreme Court and High Courts in various judgments..." said Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania.

Feb 29, 2024 11:47 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: What did Speaker say about disqualification of Himachal Cong MLAs?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "These six MLAs are disqualified and cease to be members of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly with immediate effect," the Speaker said.

These MLAs had cross-voted in favour of BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan in the Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday. Later, they abstained from voting on the budget in the assembly.

The House passed the Finance Bill by voice vote after Pathania suspended 15 BJP MLAs. The Speaker then adjourned the session sine die.

Feb 29, 2024 11:45 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Vikramaditya's remarks are his opinion, all MLAs are with CM Sukhu, says Congress leader RS Bali

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress leader Raghubir Singh Bali stated that State minister Vikramaditya Singh's decision to resign was due to differences of opinion rather than any disagreement. Bali asserted that the Congress MLAs support CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, and mentioned the possibility of calling a Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting at any time.

"What Vikramaditya ji said can be understood as a difference of opinion and not any sort of disagreement. And this is his opinion, but all the Congress MLAs are with Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, CLP meeting can also be called at any time," Bali said.

Feb 29, 2024 11:41 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Why were Himachal Cong MLAs disqualified?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: The Himachal Pradesh assembly speaker disqualified six Congress MLAs who defied the party whip to vote in favour of government on financial bill.

Feb 29, 2024 11:29 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Six Cong MLAs disqualified by Speaker

"Six MLAs, who contested on Congress symbol, attracted provisions of anti-defection law against themselves...I declare that the six people cease to be members of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly with immediate effect," the Speaker said.

Feb 29, 2024 11:16 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Breakfast meeting’ of Cong MLAs underway at CM's residence

Himachal Pradesh News Live: A ‘breakfast meeting’ of Cong MLAs called by CM Sikhu is underway at CM residence in Shimla

Feb 29, 2024 10:48 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘On one hand BJP claims to win 400 seats but on other.…’, says Danish Ali on cross-voting in Rajya Sabha polls

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "This is happening for the first time in the politics of the country. On one side, the ruling party is saying that they will be at 400, but on the other hand, they are working to break the opposition parties. The ruling party has formed a committee, and these people are responsible for seeing who will do cross-voting and who will break the MLAs of other parties. This is not good for Indian politics or Indian democracy," he said.

Feb 29, 2024 10:26 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress MLAs arrive at Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s residence in Shimla

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress MLAs arrived at Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s residence in Shimla for the 'breakfast meeting' called by him today.

Feb 29, 2024 10:13 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: What Cong MLAs said reacting to meeting called by CM Sukhu

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Congress MLA Sudarshan Singh Bablu said, "The CM has called everyone for breakfast. Let's see what discussions are taking place...We received the message last night. Our Government will continue under the leadership of the chief minister."

Feb 29, 2024 9:47 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Speaker likely to pronounce order on future of six defected Congress MLAs

Himachal Pradesh News Live: The Speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly, Kuldeep Singh Pathania, is expected to announce the decision regarding the fate of six rebel Congress MLAs who engaged in cross-voting during the Rajya Sabha polls on Thursday.

The petition seeking disqualification of the six MLAs under the anti-defection law was lodged by Congress MLA and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harsh Wardhan Chauhan.

The Congress-led government in the state is grappling with a crisis following the defection of six MLAs, who are reportedly in contact with the BJP. With 40 MLAs, the Congress holds the majority in the 68-member state assembly, while the BJP has 25. The remaining three seats are occupied by independents.

Feb 29, 2024 9:30 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu calls a 'breakfast meeting' of all Congress MLAs, today in Shimla.

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu called for a 'breakfast meeting' of all Congress MLAs, today in Shimla.

Feb 29, 2024 9:27 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘A ploy to pass budget, save Congress govt’: Himachal LoP Jairam Thakur after 15 BJP MLAs suspended

Himachal Pradesh News Live: After 15 BJP MLAs were suspended from the Assembly by Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania for allegedly creating a ruckus in the House, the Leader of Opposition Jairam Thakur on Wednesday alleged that the move was part of a ploy to pass the budget and save the Congress government.

Feb 29, 2024 9:11 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Speaker reserves order on party's petition to disqualify 6 rebel MLAs

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Himachal Pradesh Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania on Wednesday reserved his order on a Congress petition seeking disqualification of six party MLAs who cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha election.

The six MLAs also face the possibility of disqualification on another count.

Speaking in the assembly, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshwardhan Chauhan said a whip was issued to the party MLAs to be present in the House during voting Wednesday on budget. But these MLAs defied it by staying away, he added.

Feb 29, 2024 8:52 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Observers have reached Shimla, will talk to dissidents’: Sachin Pilot amid clouds over Cong govt in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "Our Rajya Sabha candidate from Himachal Pradesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, could not win the elections as some of our MLAs cross-voted. The party highcommand appointed observers, who have arrived in Shimla and will talk to all of them (dissident leaders). I hope the matter will be resolved soon," Pilot said.

Feb 29, 2024 8:35 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Who is Vikramaditya Singh, Cong minister who resigned from his post in Himachal?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Vikramaditya Singh is a two-time MLA. He won his first election in 2017. He repeated the performance in 2023.

The Congress has 40 MLAs while the BJP has 25 in the 68-member state assembly for which elections were held in 2022. The Congress government is facing crisis due to cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha polls which resulted in defeat of party nominee Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

Feb 29, 2024 8:20 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Decision to be taken by Speaker’, says Parliamentary Affairs Minister on petition to disqualify six rebel MLAs

Himachal Pradesh News Live: "The Congress government proved its majority today and passed the budget. A whip was issued to the party MLAs to be present in the House during voting on Wednesday on budget. But these MLAs defied it by staying away," parliamentary affairs minister Harshwardhan Chauhan said.

"Six rebel MLAs were found absent today during the passing of the budget. I told the Speaker about this. We filed a petition yesterday to disqualify them, and a hearing was held today. The Speaker will now take a decision on this," Chauhan added.

Feb 29, 2024 8:11 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: How numbers stand in Himachal after 15 BJP MLAs suspended

Himachal Pradesh News Live: In the 68-member Himachal Pradesh assembly, the Congress boasts 40 MLAs, while the BJP holds 25 seats, with three independents rounding out the composition. However, the recent defection of six Congress legislators has created turmoil within the party, particularly since it's only in power independently in three states.

Further complicating matters, the suspension of 15 BJP MLAs has added a new layer of intrigue to the ongoing political saga in Himachal Pradesh, reducing the effective strength of the House to 53. Should these MLAs remain suspended during the budget voting, the Congress would require 27 votes for passage. Read More

Feb 29, 2024 7:58 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘On one hand BJP claims to win 400 seats but on other.…’: Danish Ali on cross-voting in Rajya Sabha polls

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Following the cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha elections, where the Bharatiya Janata Party secured 10 out of 15 seats across three states, Lok Sabha MP Danish Ali remarked on Wednesday that it marks a first in our nation's history. He highlighted the contradiction wherein the ruling party asserts a potential victory of 400 seats, yet simultaneously engages in efforts to weaken opposition parties.

"This is happening for the first time in the politics of the country. On one side, the ruling party is saying that they will be at 400, but on the other hand, they are working to break the opposition parties. The ruling party has formed a committee, and these people are responsible for seeing who will do cross-voting and who will break the MLAs of other parties. This is not good for Indian politics or Indian democracy," he said.

Feb 29, 2024 7:51 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Who are the six Cong MLAs who cross-voted for BJP in RS election?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Rajinder Rana, Sudhir Sharma, Ravi Thakur, Inder Dutt Lakhanpal, Chetanya Sharma and Divender Kumar (Bhutto) are the six Cong MLAs who cross-voted for BJP in the RS elections.

Feb 29, 2024 7:44 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Shadow over Sukhu’s future as Congress battles to save Himachal govt | Read

Himachal Pradesh News Live: On Wednesday, the Congress went into overdrive to salvage its sole state government in northern India, dispatching senior leaders to Himachal Pradesh in a bid to pacify six rebel lawmakers. Their cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha election the previous day had not only resulted in the loss of a seat but also raised doubts about the tenure of Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu. More

Feb 29, 2024 7:39 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: 'Won't press my resignation until…': Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, the minister, who is the son of late Congress stalwart and long-time former CM Virbhadra Singh, said, "There is a difference between taking back the resignation and not pressing it until a final outcome emerges from the ongoing dialogue and the efforts of the central observers. We have had a round of discussions with the central observers and have briefed them on the present situation in the state. Till the final outcome (of the placatiry efforts of the central observers), I won't press my resignation."

Feb 29, 2024 7:32 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘We believe in forgiveness, not revenge’: CM Sukhu takes conciliatory tone amid turmoil

Himachal Pradesh News Live: In the midst of the political upheaval in Himachal Pradesh following the cross-voting incident involving six Congress MLAs during the Rajya Sabha seat polling on Tuesday, chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu made a significant statement on Wednesday. He emphasized that all fellow party members were akin to his younger siblings and underscored the party's ethos of "forgiveness" over "revenge."

Assuring that the Congress government will fulfil the mandate of the people and complete its tenure of five years, CM Sukhu said, "Hum toh sab ko maaf karne wale log hai, hum badle ki bhavna se kaam karne wale log nahi hain (We believe in forgiveness, not revenge.) All fellow members of my party are like my younger brothers and sisters. Our government will complete its full 5-year term."

Feb 29, 2024 7:30 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: What happened during RS elections in Himachal?

Himachal Pradesh News Live: On Wednesday, the Congress faced urgent challenges in maintaining its government in Himachal Pradesh amidst a series of dramatic events. This included the suspension of 15 BJP MLAs by the Speaker and a resignation offer from prominent minister Vikramaditya Singh, who later softened his stance.

Singh who initially announced his intention to resign from the council of ministers, later withdrew his offer after a meeting with central observers sent by the party to Shimla. He cited chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu's rejection of his resignation offer and emphasized the importance of party unity.

The turmoil stemmed from cross-voting by six Congress MLAs in the Rajya Sabha election, prompting the party to seek their disqualification. This led to a standoff in the assembly, with the BJP seeking a vote on the Budget to challenge the Congress's majority.

Despite the crisis, the Budget was eventually passed through voice vote, and the assembly session adjourned. Chief Minister Sukhu denied rumors of his resignation, asserting that the Congress government would complete its term.

Efforts to address the situation included Congress dispatching observers to Shimla and signalling a willingness to take "tough steps" to maintain party integrity. Vikramaditya Singh's initial resignation offer highlighted underlying tensions within the party, reflecting dissatisfaction with the leadership.

In the assembly, chaos ensued as BJP MLAs were suspended for alleged disrespect towards the Speaker. Despite their refusal to leave, the suspension was upheld, further intensifying the political deadlock.

The situation remained fluid, with the opposition BJP continuing to challenge the Congress government's legitimacy. The involvement of independent MLAs added complexity to the political landscape, highlighting the precarious nature of the state's governance.

Feb 29, 2024 7:16 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh News Live: ‘Will not press on my resignation for now,’ says Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh

Himachal Pradesh News Live: Vikramaditya Singh said the central observers have assured him that his concerns would be taken care of and he is not pressing for the resignation, and added that the organisation is more important than individuals.

"In the larger interest, I will not press for my resignation," he told the media persons earlier in the day.

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