Himachal's transport minister GS Bali resigns

Shimla/May 22
Apparently miffed over the portfolios given to him, GS Bali, the minister of Transport, Civil Supplies and Technical Education in Congress led Himachal government on Wednesday resigned from his post, five months the formation of government.
As per reports, Bali reportedly submitted his resignation to senior Congress Party leader Ahmed Patel and Birender Chaudhary, incharge of Congress party in Himachal for consideration in New Delhi today.
Meanwhile, Bali has refused to speak on the issued and said that he will conduct a press conference in Shimla tomorrow in this regard.
Congress party sources said that Bali was apparently miffed over the way Congress government was performing in the state and was reportedly unhappy with the portfolios given to him.
“Bali was unhappy with the appointment of Kewal Singh Pathania as Vice Chairman of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC),” said party sources, adding Pathania is a close confidante of chief minister Virbhadra Singh and has links in high command.
Further Bali didn’t like the importance given to a young minister Sudhir Sharma, another confidante of chief minister, from Kangra district who is likely to overshadow his image in his home district.
Bali was earlier known as close confidante of Singh but he had later switched to Stokes camps earlier and in the run-up to the recent assembly polls, he had left the two leaders and joined hands with Virbhadra detractors, which included leaders like Kaul Singh Thakur and Asha Kumari.
His resignation is being dubbed as pressure tactic to walk into the cabinet again with his choicest portfolios, including health ministry that is currently being held by Kaul Singh Thakur, sources added.