Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh are slated to be held later this year. About drug menace, the chief minister said it is a problem not only in India but in other countries too.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has been demanding the removal of HPCC chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and a worried central leadership of Congress is busy placating its old warhorse who has steered the party in the hill state for several decades.
Addressing a function at Ghannahati in his Assembly constituency of Shimla (Rural), Singh recalled how the Congress used to fill party positions through elections even to the posts of block and district bodies.
Rahul Gandhi met HPCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, who briefed him on the “crisis” faced by the state Congress owing to Virbhadra’s stand against him (Sukhu).
Sources said AICC general secretary Sushil Kumar Shinde had also reached Delhi and had been keeping track of reports from the state and recent statements made by the CM.
Governor also honoured four national award winners, including Bhupinder Gupta, principal GSSS Bhumti, Krishan Chand, principal GSSS, Paurakothi, Naresh Kumar Shastri, GSSS Shorshan and Shyam Lal CHT GCPS Sagirthin.
The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The Cabinet, however, dropped the controversial agenda of allowing sale/diversion of land under tea estates aimed to benefit some influential people settled in Palampur and Kangra.
ED had claimed in the court that during Chauhan’s interrogation, it was revealed that as an LIC agent, he had entered into a modus operandi to launder disproportionate assets by investing in LIC policies.
Last week, Virbhadra had met Sonia and informed her about the decision of not contesting elections if Sukhu stayed on as PCC president.
The chief minister told reporters in Sujanpurtira, around 25 km from Hamirpur, that the Congress will return to power as his government had ensured balanced and uniform development in the entire the state.
The opposition BJP, however, said his presence in the polls would not make any difference to the party’s prospects as the Congress graph had already taken a dip.
The Himachal Congress strongman, who had earlier announced that he would not contest the polls, said yesterday’s meeting with Gandhi was fruitful and the party chief listened to the issues raised by him “seriously”.
Virbhadra, sources said, wants somebody who is amenable to him to be at the helm ahead of the elections. The six-time CM wants a free hand in the polls. He has told MLAs loyal to him that he will neither contest the elections nor lead the party into the elections.
The policemen were arrested Tuesday by the CBI in connection with the custodial death of one of the accused in the gruesome rape-murder case, which had sparked off widespread protests and outcry in the hilly state.
During most of the Congress workers’ meetings attended by the CM and PCC president, the rift within the party had come out in the open, leaving little scope for meaningful deliberation on poll strategy and unity in the party ranks.