HP CM asks Cabinet colleague who will he campaign for - son or BJP
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh power minister Anil Sharma seems to be on his way out from the state cabinet.
Sharma is the son of former telecom minister Sukh Ram, who had joined the Congress along with grandson Ashray Sharma, Anil Sharma's elder son recently.
In a quick move, the Congress has also fielded Ashray from Mandi Parliamentary constituency for which he had earlier been asking for a ticket from the BJP.
Put in a piquant situation over Anil Sharma's status as a cabinet minister—whose son is fighting the BJP, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday served a clear ultimatum to Anil Sharma to make his position clear on campaigning for the son.
Sharma last week had announced that he will not campaign against his son in Mandi parliamentary constituency though being a sitting MLA from Mandi assembly seat.
"Well, if you can't campaign against your son, the BJP can't sit back. We have fielded sitting MP Ram Swaroop Sharma from Mandi. It's the duty of every BJP leader to work for the victory of the BJP candidate. Defiance of the party discipline can attract action. Better Anil Sharma quit the BJP, and the cabinet and opt to go with the son," Chief Minister said.
Only some days back, the Chief Minister had held a meeting with senior BJP leaders in Delhi and updated them on Anil Sharma's position.
"It's very clear that Sukh Ram had dented his own credibility by joining the Congress with grandson. He has also created a serious problem for Anil Sharma – who was brought to the BJP by Sukh Ram in 2017. We gave him a ticket and made a cabinet minister. What else Sukh Ram wanted more than this? he asked.
Thakur accused Sukh Ram of changing the parties for his son's political career but now he has chosen to defect for the grandson.
"Next, Sukh Ram will take a jump somewhere else to get a ticket for daughter-in-law or grand-daughter-in-law. This is very serious," he warned.
Meanwhile, the Congress has cleared the name of five-time MLA Ram Lal Thakur for Hamirpur to fight the poll against three-time MP Anurag Thakur.