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Virbhadra: My demand to name CM candidate purely ‘personal’

Now the Cong poll in-charge says people will decide chief minister,not party

Now the Cong poll in-charge says people will decide chief minister,not party

Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Monday that the people of Himachal Pradesh will decide who will be the next Chief Minister,while asserting that his demand to name the Chief Ministerial candidate was purely ‘personal’.

Speaking to mediapersons after he was given a rousing welcome on his arrival in Kullu,Virbhadra Singh said that instead of focusing on development,Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had wasted time fabricating cases against his political opponents. he said that his appointment as chairman of the party’s campaign committee,after his resignation from the Union Ministry on moral grounds,had given him the opportunity to lead an open struggle for the Congress’s return to power in the state.

“Maybe as Union Minister,I would have found it difficult to devote all my time to the campaign,but now it is going to be a full-fledged war – both legal and political and it is going to be a decisive one to oust Dhumal,who is presiding over a jungle raj in the state,” he said.

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Singh said he will attend the party’s Hamirpur rally on July 5 but will be absent from the Mandi rally because he will be busy in consultations with legal experts on a case against him. Meanwhile,Virbhadra Singh is understood to have conveyed strong displeasure over some of his posters and billboards in Mandi being defaced by Congress leaders who pasted posters of the June 30 PCC rally on top of them. However,Singh sought to downplay the act in public. “I think the PCC president (Kaul Singh Thakur) has a lot of love and affection for me,” he remarked.

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In the District Congress Committee and Block Congress Committee (DCC/BCC) Presidents’ closed-door meeting,he asked how them about how many of them had an ambition to be Chief Minister. Only one hand was raised and it was that of Shimla DCC (Rural) president Kehar Singh Khachi.

Spotting only three women DCC presidents in the meeting,the AICC general secretary said “Why only three? It should be in the ratio of 40:60 (females to males)”

The Congress leaders moved in factions. Virbhadra Singh had his own group of loyalists moving with him while Anand Sharma was flanked by his own.

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