Congress rejects Shimla mayor's resignation

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Shimla, May 29: After she apparently deviated from the party line over the Bemloe issue, the Congress on Saturday, May 28 sought to put curtains on the week-long drama by rejecting the resignation of Shimla mayor Madhu Sood and asking her to continue.

HPCC general secretary Kuldeep Singh Rathore said Sood also met party president and Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Vidya Stokes and other senior leaders to explain that she resigned under ''tremendous'' pressure and her stand on Bemloe Builders issue was no different from the stand taken by the party.

Singh claimed that the Mayor, who tendered her resignation yesterday, met him and explained her position.

Singh added there was no change in the party's stand for a CBI probe into the entire issue.

Sood had attacked the Shimla Commissioner for "giving NOC to Bemloe Builders in one day and demanded his recall" but within 48 hours, she made a U-turn, saying she was satisfied with the Commissioner's reply.

Her statement caused flutters in the Congress, with all the senior leaders and councillors dissociating from her.

PTI

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