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Himachal Minister quits over love for son

IANS  |  Shimla 

Anil Sharma, who has refused to campaign against his son-cum-candidate Ashray Sharma, on Friday quit the cabinet, upset over remarks by

But Anil has not resigned either from the or from the state Assembly.

"gave some statements against me in my constituency yesterday (Thursday) and I am upset. This morning I decided to quit from his cabinet and submitted my resignation to his office," Sharma, who held the Power portfolio, told reporters here.

He clarified that he had not resigned from the

"I am still a member of the but I will not campaign for any party candidate," he added. "If the desires, it can sack me from the party."

The friction between the and the Minister surfaced when the latter's son Ashray left the and rejoined the along with his grandfather Sukh Ram, a former Minister.

Ashray is the candidate from Mandi. He is pitted against BJP's sitting

The on Thursday told his that being a BJP member, "it's his duty and responsibility to work for the party".

"If he doesn't want to campaign for the BJP in Mandi, then he must quit both the cabinet and the party. We can even remove him from the cabinet and the party," Thakur told IANS.

Popularly known as Panditji in Mandi, six-time MLA and three-time Sukh Ram, 91, and his grandson rejoined the Congress on March 25 after quitting the BJP.

had earlier announced that he would campaign for the BJP but not against his son.

will vote in its four Lok Sabha seats on May 19.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 15:20 IST
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