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7 Himachal Cong Leaders & Wannabe CMs At Delhi, Results Still A Fortnight Away

The Congress leaders started camping in Delhi after their internal survey hinted that they are likely to get a comfortable majority in the just concluded polls.

Congress Announces Candidates for Himachal Polls. (Photo: File)
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Chandigarh: Even before the results for the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections are out, Congress leaders of Himachal Pradesh have started making a beeline before the ‘high command’ in Delhi. The Congress leaders started camping in Delhi after their internal survey hinted that they are likely to get a comfortable majority in the just concluded polls.

Former Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh’s wife, Mandi Lok Sabha MP Pratibha Singh, former Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Kaul Singh Thakur, Leader of Opposition LoP Mukesh Agnihotri, former HPCC chiefs Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Kuldeep Singh Rathore, Ram Lal Thakur, and Col Dhani Ram Shandil all have reached Delhi to meet the Congress high command.

Sources however say Indian National Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi did not give time to any of these leaders. Unable to meet Priyanka, some of these leaders met Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge.

At the time of campaigning in their respective constituencies, most of these leaders exhorted that if their voters voted for them they would be electing the future CM of the state.

Sukhwinder Sukhu reached Delhi on Monday and met Kharge. He was followed by Mukesh Agnihotri. Kaul Singh Thakur and Col Dhani Ram Shandil also met Kharge thereafter and presented him with a bouquet. On Tuesday, Ram Lal Thakur also reached Delhi. However, he could not meet Kharge. He presented his case to former union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and the Himachal Congress in charge Rajeev Shukla.

Also in the race for the post of CM of the hill state is the former education minister of Himachal Asha Kumari. Though she has not met anyone in Delhi. Asha Kumari and Sukhu were not on good terms with the former Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh. Their relationship with his wife Pratibha remains unaltered.

Notably, this time around 45 tickets were given to Holy Lodge loyalists. Holy Lodge is the residence of Pratibha Singh and has been a political hub ever since six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh came into state politics in the early 1980s. Eighteen tickets were issued to Sukhu loyalists while on five tickets both factions of the Congress party had agreed.

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