To break Assembly deadlock,CM holds talks with Congress trio

Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday attempted to break the deadlock by holding an hour-long parley with Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Vidya Stokes and two other opposition leaders.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published:March 16, 2012 3:47 am

With the Opposition protests leading to a stalemate in the state assembly,Himachal Chief Minister including PCC president Kaul Singh Thakur and former minister G S Bali.

The chief minister had reportedly deputed Transport minister Mohinder Singh on Wednesday to break the impasse by meeting Kaul Singh Thakur and Stokes at her residence. On Thursday,Dhumal invited the three leaders to his chamber and discussed some possible way to make the Opposition participate in the House proceedings. It’s the first time in the history of the state assembly that the Opposition did not participate in the debate on the Governor’s address -which has been adopted by the House without the Congress presence.

Immediately after the talks,Stokes told the Indian Express that the chief minister tried to explain his stand on the health minister’s issue. “ He also showed some documents but we also have all the documents with us,which shows his involvement in property deals. Tomorrow (Friday),the CLP meeting will be held to chalk-out the strategy for the day .We have made it clear that the Congress stand on Bindal will remain unchanged .There will be no compromise with corruption,“ she said. Stokes claimed that the CLP was fully united on the issue to pin down the government.

Dhumal,however,declined to reveal as to what transpired in the meeting but added that efforts were on to break the deadlock.

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