Even as there is no possibility of defiant MP Rajan Sushant burying the hatchet with Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal,rebel BJP MLAs and two Kangra ministers who skipped state BJP president Satpal Sattis swearing-in may go in for a temporary truce with the Chief Minister who reached Dharamsala on Thursday during the second leg of his winter sojourn.
Dhumal has more than 60 official functions in the district,including Palampur Assembly constituency represented by Praveen Sharma,a loyalist of BJP senior leader Shanta Kumar. He will launch development schemes worth Rs 258 crore,including the Rs 200-crore Phina Singh Canal in Nurpur sub-division.
Normally,the Chief Ministers winter sojourn to Dharamsala gets over in January,but this time he had to leave midway to go for campaigning in Punjab and Uttarakhand,besides his meetings in Delhi and Shimla.
Sources said as this was an election year and two rebel Kangra Ministers and three MLAs had lodged open protests,Dhumal had chosen to spend more time in Kangra. The CM might make an effort to woo the rebel MLAs and ministers besides his plans to meet Shanta Kumar,who had reached Palampur and would leave only on March 8 for the next parliamentary session.
Palampur MLA Praveen Sharma has more than half a dozen programmes scheduled to launch new schemes and projects,besides state level Holi fair which Dhumal will preside over. Shanta Kumar will attend the Holi function on March 7.
Sharma said,I am happy that the Chief Minister will be spending almost a full day in my constituency.
Rebel minister Ramesh Dhawala also expressed his willingness to attend some of the Chief Ministers functions.
Earlier,Dhawala and Industries Minister Krishan Kapoor had complained about Irrigation and Public Health Minister Ravinder Ravi,who also hails from Kangra,interfering in others areas.
Dhumals tour also assumes significance as PCC president Kaul Singh Thakur had toured Kangra last week and levelled serious charges about Kangra being ignored in the matter of development because of Shanta Kumar.