In the 2012 Himachal Pradesh polls, Virbhadra Singh had fought from the Shimla (Rural) constituency, which will now be contested by his son
There is a target to increase it to 3,000 hectares this financial year.
Stepping up its stir for an in depth probe into alleged phone tapping episode,the Himachal Congress on Tuesday asked the government to identify culprits,including politicians and key government functionaries,who infringed upon the citizens privacy by illegally tapping their phones during the earlier BJP regime.
The Congress has betted heavily on five-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh to regain Himachal.
Age has never been an issue with Congress veteran Vidya Stokes,the 84-year-old towering apple woman of Himachal Pradesh is set to contest her 10th election on November 4.
Walking a tightrope,given the factional feuds in its Himachal Pradesh unit,the Congress on Monday declared the names of all 68 candidates with 21 out of 23 sitting MLAs getting renominated while 22 new faces figure in the list for the November 4 Assembly elections in the hill state.
Trinamool Congress,on Saturday,said it is keen to contest all 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh and emerge as an alternative to BJP and Congress.
Former chief minister and PCC chief Virbhadra Singh may contest the Assembly election from Shimla (Rural),a newly carved constituency with some peripheral areas of Shimla and Theog constituencies.
Continuing its protests against the Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) a company of the Jaypee group Congress staged yet another Assembly walkout on Wednesday demanding registration of FIR against the company in light of high court judgement.
The police on Wednesday resorted to lathicharge,used water cannons and shot tear gas shells to disperse Congress workers during their attempt to gherao the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.
The Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday night rejected a no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition Congress against the BJP government.
The four-day monsoon session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly began on a stormy note on Monday with Opposition Congress staging a walkout before pressing their demand for a CBI probe into the chargesheet submitted by the party to President Pranab Mukherjee against the state government.
In a move to end the ongoing stalemate in the Himachal Congress,the party high command on Saturday offered the post of Governor to Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Vidya Stokes.
Even as the Congress is working on a please-all formula to placate all sections of faction-ridden party unit in Himachal Pradesh,the crisis seems to have deepened with incumbent PCC president Kaul Singh Thakur demanding that he be made the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader – a post currently held by party veteran Vidya Stokes.
However,it could not be confirmed whether Stokes has taken up the offer.