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It was a family gathering — Bali
Blackout follows revelations
Minister Bali quits over birthday ball
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, July 28
Himachal Pradesh transport and tourism minister G.S. Bali was ‘caught’ dancing with some call girls called from New Delhi on his birthday party yesterday at Asia Health Resort in McLeodganj in a sting operation of a national private news channel.

Bali resigned after being advised to do so by the Chief Minister.

He alleged that the news channel had not shown all the scenes as his family members, including his wife, were also present on the occasion. “It was a family gathering and nothing obscene or nude was going on there”, he claimed.

Meanwhile, The Tribune correspondent tried to contact the media baron who was present on the occasion, but he did not pick up his cell phone.

The minister who has always been surrounded by controversies for one reason or the other has put the Congress in a tight spot ahead of the assembly elections.

Today, he was shown on the news channel along with a few industrialists and some bureaucrats dancing with the call girls, who were not properly dressed. Former principal secretary to the Chief Minister Subash Ahluwalia was also seen along with Bali.

There were a few other bureaucrats also present at the dance party that began at about 10.30 pm and went on till 4 am. The owner of a private news channel was also present on the occasion.

It may be mentioned that the owner of the news channel a day earlier had a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati at the Mahindra Club in Dharamsala. On Friday, during the celebrations of the minister’s birthday, this media baron was sitting along with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Meanwhile, there were reports of power disruption from various districts of the state. While almost the entire Kangra district was plunged into darkness, several area of Hamirpur and Dharamsala were also without power. The Internet connectivity was also affected in a number of areas. Some people termed it to be a ploy to debar people from information on the sting operation.

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