The Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP),floated by BJP dissidents,on Saturday declared names of 25 candidates for the forthcoming Assembly polls. Releasing the list of candidates,HLP spokesman Mohinder Nath Sofat said the candidates included a former MP,a former minister and chief parliamentary secretary,four ex-MLAs and a number of serving and ex-members of PRIs and a retired IAS officer.
Former MP and president of the party,Maheshwar Singh will contest from Kullu,former minister Shyama Sharma from Nahan,former CPS,Babu Ram Mandyal from Nadaun,former MLAs,Ninju Ram,Dulo Ram and Navin Dhiman from Rampur,Palampur and Paragpur-Jaswan and OP Kant,a retired HAS officer from Solan,Sofat said.
He expressed surprise over the return of firebrand leader Vijay Singh Mankotia to Congress and his reported patch-up with HPCC president Virbhadra Singh after bitter spat and mudslinging for more than five years.
Both the leaders owe an explanation to the people that what forced them close ranks, he said.
He claimed that even in the BJP,two ministers,five MLAs and one MP who had signed the charge sheet against Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal have also compromised and were silent about the charges made by them.
Formation of HLP led by four-time MP Maheshwar Singh was announced in February this year