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Congress MLA Vikramaditya Singh keeps party guessing, says wont press on resignation but stays away from CM breakfast meet

Shimla: Congress MLA Vikramaditya Singh who on Wednesday took back his resignation as a minister in the state continues to keep the Congress top brass guessing.
While he has maintained that he would not press the issue of his resignation, the son of former Himachal CM Veerbhadra Singh stayed away from a breakfast meeting called by CM Sukhvinder Sukhu. 32 MLAs were present at the CM's breakfast meeting while speaker Kuldeep Pathania was adressing the press on his decision to disqualify 6 MLAs.
"I had said that I won't press it. Dialogues are underway. Observers are here and they trying to set everything right. We will speak with them again...Himachal is 'devabhoomi', it has blessings of the deities and I had also gone to Ayodhya and took blessings of Lord Ram. So, we have everyone's blessings. There is no problem" Vikramaditya Singh said
The Congress MLA is keeping his cards close to his chets chosing his words carefully when questioned about the decision of the speaker to disqualify the six rebel MLAs.
"It is not right for me to say anything on this as of now. Our Observers have come here and they have witnessed and understood the situation. The speaker has taken this decision. So, I don't think it is correct for me to make a comment on the same. As I said, we will speak with the Observers and we will see what the future course of action will be," Vikramaditya Singh told ANI on Thursday.
His mother and Congress state President Pratibha Singh was mored direct saying it was natural for MLAs to be upset with the state leadership.
"Definitely, why not? When it has been more than a year and you take no cognisance or listen to them, it is natural for them to be upset. Had you sat them down, talked to them and found out a solution, this situation would not have occurred" Pratibha Singh said.
"Whatever step we took, keeping in mind the sentiments of the people of Himachal Pradesh - the people are connected to us. The legacy of Virbhadra Singh is with us. We are going ahead by following in his sentiments of what he wanted for the state. We brought to their (party high command) knowledge again and again about whatever we thought was not correct. We said these things before them in yesterday's meeting as well. We are waiting to see what decisions they take" she added.
Earlier today, Himachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania disqualified the six Congress MLAs who cross voted in the Rajya Sabha polls.
Himachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania said, "Six MLAs, who contested on Congress symbol, attracted provisions of anti-defection law against themselves...I declare that the six people cease to be members of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly with immediate effect."
The six MLAs who have been disqualified are Sudhir Sharma, Rajinder Rana, Davinder K Bhutto, Ravi Thakur, Chaitanya Sharma and Inder Dutt Lakhanpal.
After the 2022 Assembly elections, the Congress had 40 MLAs, while the BJP had 25 in the 68-member state assembly. The remaining three seats are held by independents.
With the six rebel MLAs disqualified the strength of the house comes down from 68 to 62 and the halfway mark is 32. With the loss of 6 MLAs the Congress now has 34 MLAs and the BJP with independents has 28. The fortunes of the Congress will now rest on its ability to keep the rest of its flock together.

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