Expelled AIADMK MP refuses to resign

Expelled AIADMK MP refuses to resign

Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) Rajya Sabha member M. Sasikala Pushpa on Monday said she would not resign her post despite her expulsion from the AIADMK party.

Speaking to reporters here, she categorically ruled out quitting the Rajya Sabha.

She arrived here from Singapore and was enroute to Madurai to appear before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court in a case of sexual harassment filed against her family by two maids who had worked at her house.

The apex court recently ordered that Pushpa should not be arrested for six weeks in connection with the case.

She was expelled from the AIADMK for slapping DMK Rajya Sabha member Trichy Siva at the Delhi airport.

Himachal will assist in setting up airfield along China border: CM

Shimla, Aug 29 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said the state would assist the defence forces if they were is keen to set up an airfield in the forward areas along the international border with China.

“If the defence forces want to set up an airfield near Indo-Tibet border somewhere in the Spiti Valley, we will provide them all logistical assistance,” he said.

He said the state, which shares a 200 km border with China, is giving priority in strengthening road and air network along the border.

Noting the the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF), which comes under the Defence Ministry, is maintaining the border roads, Virbhadra Singh said: “Since we have a hilly terrain it becomes difficult to undertake development in comparison to adjoining China that has vast plateaus.”

“In the larger interest of the nation, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces and other parallel agencies deployed in the state along the international and inter-state borders,” he said at a function near here after flagging off the Northern Frontier Mountaineering Expedition of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to Mount Leo Pargial, located at an altitude of 22,222 feet.

Lauding the efforts of the ITBP, the Chief Minister said the team under the leadership of Sidharth Kumar had scaled the Mount Everest. The other members of the team were Anoop Kumar Negi, Joth Singh, Pradeep Negi and Devendar Singh.

Earlier, ITBP Inspector General H.S. Goraya spoke about the force’s activities and contribution in the states’ development.

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