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Congress MLAs not allowed to work, feeling suffocated: Dharamsala MLA

Congress MLAs not allowed to work, feeling suffocated: Dharamsala MLA

Sudhir Sharma, Dharamsala MLA



Tribune News Service

Lalit Mohan

Dharamsala, February 27

Amidst dissent and cross voting by Congress MLAs during Rajya Sabha elections in Himachal today, party MLA from Dharamsala Sudhir Sharma, who led the pack of rebel MLAs, said, “There is limit to everything,”

Sudhir Sharma said that he and other MLAs were victimised by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. He alleged that Congress MLAs were not allowed to function in their own constituencies. “We had brought the matter to the attention of Congress high command multiple times but no action was taken. MLAs were feeling suffocated as people were questioning them and they were not being able to deliver,” he said.

“We openly expressed our dissent over various issues of our respective constituencies but still neither the CM nor the party high command redressed their grievances,” he said.

When asked about the future course of action, Sudhir Sharma said that the MLAs, who have dissented against the current regime, would decide on future course of action in the next few days.

Sudhir Sharma had last week created a political controversy alleging that he was facing life threat. He alleged that he has learnt that a political rival from the state had given a contract for Rs 4 crore to eliminate him.

Sudhir has been quite vocal against the present government. He has flayed the government for not giving Rs 30 crore for transferring 55 hectares forest land in Jadrangal area of Dharamsala Assembly constituency for bringing up North campus of Central University Himachal Pradesh.

When his name cropped up as a Congress candidate from Kangra parliamentary constituency for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, Sudhir Sharma openly denied contesting alleging that if he was not fit to be a Cabinet minister, how can he be fit for contesting Lok Sabha polls.

Sudhir Sharma, who was a powerful minister in Virbhadra Singh government from 2012 to 2017, has been left out of Cabinet in the current Congress government. Recently, Sudhir Sharma along with another Congress MLA Rajinder Rana, had joined the youth protesting against the government in Shimla demanding that their results for JOA/IT recruitment should be declared, causing embarrassment to the government.

Sudhir Sharma last year had filed a police complaint in Dharamsala alleging that drones were flying over his residence invading his privacy.

At loggerheads with govt

  • Dharamsala MLA Sudhir Sharma had last week created a controversy alleging that he was facing threat to life
  • He has flayed the government for not giving Rs 30 crore for transferring 55 hectares forest land in Jadrangal area for CUHP north campus
  • He had refused to contest LS poll alleging if he was not fit to be a Cabinet minister, how can he be fit for contesting LS poll
  • Last year, he had filed a police plaint alleging that drones were flying over his residence invading his privacy

Not able to deliver

We had brought the matter to the attention of Congress high command multiple times but no action was taken. MLAs were feeling suffocated as people were questioning them and they were not being able to deliver. — Sudhir Sharma, Dharamsala MLA

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