Sukhwinder Sukhu to stay Himachal Congress chief, says Ambika Soni as she wraps up visit

Congress president Sukhwinder Sukhu will stay as the PCC chief for now as the party high command had no plans to make any major changes in the state unit ahead of election year.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published:October 26, 2016 3:22 am

Amid Pressure from Himachal Pradesh Chief Virbhadra Singh’s camp, state Congress president Sukhwinder Sukhu on Tuesday got a much-needed assurance from the party.

Sukhu will stay as the PCC chief for now as the party high command had no plans to make any major changes in the state unit ahead of election year, according to Congress national general secretary Ambika Soni, who wrapped up her her two-day visit to state.

However, Sukhu has been told to team-up with the chief minister and work out a viable roadmap for the party.

At a Congress meeting on Monday, representatives from the national party unit said that the chief minister would once again lead the poll campaign.

“The Congress will form next government under Virbhadra Singh. There is also no move for changes in the PCC organisational set-up. The party will prepare a roadmap to the next polls very soon. Both Virbhadra Singh and Sukhu will work in tandem to see that the BJP is kept out of power in the state,” Soni said, before returning to Chandigarh after her visit.

Soni’s visit to the state capital was aimed at douding the tension between the two camps. Recent PCC appointments had not gone down well with the chief minister who, reportedly, made his displeasure clear to the party leadership in Delhi.