BJP names candidates for LS polls

The state BJP has declared the names of remaining three candidates for parliamentary constituencies of Himachal Pradesh.

Written by Suresh Khatta | Dharamshala | Published: January 20, 2009 11:44 pm

Three names approved by high command in Delhi; Anurag Thakur already nominated from Hamirpur

The state BJP has declared the names of remaining three candidates for parliamentary constituencies of Himachal Pradesh. The party had already cleared the name of sitting Lok Sabha member Anurag Thakur,son of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal,for the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency.

Rajan Sushant,sitting MLA from Jwali constituency,has been fielded from the politically-significant Kangra Lok Sabha segment.

Former state BJP president and former MP Maheshwar Singh has got a ticket from Mandi and Virender Kashyap has been named from Shimla (reserve) parliamentary constituency. The state poll panel had forwarded only one name from each segment.

“The state election committee met at Delhi today morning and cleared these names. These names were approved by the Central Election Committee later in the evening,” said Mohinder Pandey,state BJP general secretary (organisation).

One-time detractor of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal,Rajan Sushant had remained revenue minister in the previous Dhumal government.

Maheshwar Singh,who has been selected as the BJP candidate from Mandi parliamentary constituency,has remained state BJP president and is a former Lok Sabha member.

Virender Kashyap,who has been selected from Shimla (reserve) parliamentary segment,has unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls thrice. He has also contested the Vidhan Sabha elections unsuccessfully.

Will speak up for Himachal residents,if elected: Sushant
“Issues relating to this hill state have not been raised forcefully in the Lok Sabha and this has deprived Himachal Pradesh from its due development,” is how sitting MLA from Jwali,Rajan Sushant,who has been selected from Kangra parliamentary seat by the BJP,reacted when asked to comment on his candidature.

“Himachali people have not got proper justice as important issues relating to them have not been raised forcefully in the Lok Sabha during the past,’’ said Rajan Sushant,when asked why he opted to contest the Lok Sabha polls despite being a sitting MLA.

Supporting his argument,Sushant said more than three decades have passed and the issue relating to the rehabilitation of Pong Dam oustees is still unresolved. Similar is the fate of oustees of Chamera projects in Chamba district. “The state has yet to get its share of free power from some of the hydel power projects which were set up during the past,” he added. Known as a firebrand leader in the area,Sushant has been elected to the Vidhan Sabha four times. The first time he was elected to the Assembly in 1982,he was just 26 years old. He also got elected to the Assembly in 1985 and 1998 and was elevated as a minister in the previous Dhumal government. He was appointed as revenue minister and introduced new measures in the functioning of the revenue department. Recently,Sushant sat in dharna for 11 months for the cause of Shah Nahar farmers.

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