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Anil Sharma must quit party on moral grounds: Himachal BJP

Former Union minister Sukh Ram's son, Anil, is BJP MLA from Mandi. Sukh Ram, along with Anil, and his grandson Aashray Sharma had defected to the BJP ahead of the 2017 state Assembly polls.

Written by Kavita Upadhyay | Shimla | Updated: April 14, 2019 3:18:53 am
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Son in fray as Cong nominee, BJP minister won’t campaign against him Sharma, a four-time-MLA in the Himachal Pradesh state assembly and a former Rajya Sabha member has recently been under pressure to quit the party due to a tricky situation caused by his son and father. (File photo)

A day after Himachal Pradesh BJP leader Anil Sharma resigned from his cabinet post in the Himachal Pradesh government, state BJP president Satpal Singh Satti demanded that he quit the party on moral grounds.

Sharma, his father and former Union minister Sukh Ram and son Aashray Sharma ahead of the 2017 state Assembly polls. However, Sukh Ram and Aashray rejoined the Congress in March, and Aashray is the Congress candidate from Mandi.

On Saturday, Satti said, “Anil Sharma has not only resigned from the cabinet, he has also spoken against the party (BJP). Why should he then continue to be a BJP MLA from Mandi? He should quit the party since the people of Mandi had voted for him (in the 2017 state Assembly polls) because he was a BJP candidate. He must resign on moral grounds.”

Meanwhile, on chief minister’s recommendation, Governor Acharya Dev Vrat accepted Anil Sharma’s resignation on Saturday. The portfolios, including power, that had been allotted to him, will now be looked after by the chief minister himself.

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