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Congress Minister joins BJP in Himachal Pradesh

Former Union Minister Sukhram’s son Anil Sharma, who quit the Virbhadra Singh Cabinet in Himachal Pradesh to join the BJP. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Himachal Cabinet Minister Anil Sharma on Sunday resigned from the government and the ruling Congress and joined the opposition BJP along with his father and former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram.

Speculations were rife that Transport Minister G.S. Bali may also switch sides. Anil Sharma said: “I have resigned from both the Congress and the government due to deliberate ignoring by the party. I and Pandit Sukh Ram ji were deliberately ignored at party Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s Mandi rally.”

“Later, in the constitution of the election committees, my name was missing,” he said.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh later said, “Anil Sharma is a junior leader... Their departure will not affect Congress’s prospects.”

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