Himachal Minister quits after graft charges by Cong
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Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012, 19:57
  
Shimla: In a dramatic action, Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Rajeev Bindal resigned on Monday after opposition Congress members in the assembly levelled charges of corruption against him and created pandemonium during the Question Hour.

The action by Bindal, who made a point-by-point rebuttal of the charges against him, came after he concluded his reply, went up to the table of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and handed over his resignation letter to him.

Later talking to reporters in his chamber, Dhumal said it was not the first time that the charges have been brought against Bindal and his resignation was an emotional outburst.

"But if there is anything new in them, we will look into it", said the Chief Minister without answering a pointed question if he has accepted or rejected the resignation.

Earlier, the leader of the opposition Vidya Stokes was on her feet immediately after the House assembled and wanted to know about the fate of the adjournment motion regarding corruption charges levelled against Bindal by Himachal Lokhit Party leaders even before the Question Hour could begin.

Speaker Tulsi Ram said the adjournment motion could not be accepted under the rules as it was not an immediate urgent matter and read out some rulings to buttress his contention.

At this, the Congress members trooped into the well of the House and shouted slogans even as the Speaker went ahead with the Question Hour.

The Congerss members remained in the well till the Question Hour was over and left the House after the Speaker proceeded with the business listed for the day.

PTI


First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012, 19:57


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