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Three senior Cong MLAs quit Vidhan Sabha committees

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Three senior MLAs resigned from Vidhan Sabha committees today upset at being "ignored" in the state Cabinet expansion which took place last month.

Former Rakesh Pandey, MLA from (North), Randeep Singh Nabha, from Amloh, and Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA from Samrala, tendered their resignations from the panels as a mark of protest.

They submitted their resignations to Assembly

Pandey and Nabha were nominated as and member of Committee on public undertakings respectively while Dhillon was appointed the of the library committee on May 7.

We have tendered our resignations from the to the here today, said six-time MLA Pandey.

"My seniority has been ignored when the cabinet expansion took place. I am a six-time MLA and have worked for the party," he said.

Pandey, a former and stationery minister, described his resignation as a mark of protest over the denial of a ministerial berth.

Dhillon, a four-time MLA, shared similar views.

"What will we do with the chairmanship (of Vidhan Sabha Committee)," he asked terming the denial of a ministerial berth as "injustice" to senior legislators.

Dhillon accused the of not following what he had said. "The CM promised to consider seniority in giving ministerial berths. But one-time and two time MLAs have been chosen over us," he said.

We will continue to work as MLAs for the welfare of people, said Dhillon.

Nabha, a four-time MLA , said he was "hurt" over seniority being overlooked.

Protesting MLAs said they will reach out to the party high command to convey their concerns.

Last month's cabinet expansion had caused heartburn among several MLAs.

Surjit Singh Dhiman MLA from Amargarh in district, Nathu Ram, from Balluana in Fazilka and MLA Sangat Singh Gilzian MLA from Urmur seat in Hoshiarpur had resigned from their party positions claiming Dalit and Backward classes had been ignored in the cabinet expansion.

The resentment within unit over the cabinet expansion had even reached last month when and MLA expressed "anguish" over not giving representation to the Scheduled Caste community in the cabinet.

Nine Cabinet ministers of the led had taken oath last month.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 18:45 IST