Congress leader, Anand Sharma, on Wednesday filed his nomination for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in his home state, Himachal Pradesh.
Sharma, the Deputy leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha had resigned from the Upper House on Monday to contest the Rajya Sabha election from the seat, which will fall vacant after BJP member Bimla Kashyap’s term expires on April 2.
Flanked by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and PCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Sharma said, “It’s a great honour for me to represent Himachal Pradesh for the third-time. I am thankful to Congress president Sonia Gandhi for her trust and faith.”
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“I am going to take-up, very effectively, the issue of air connectivity with Shimla. Why is there no flight for Shimla for past over three years? Himachal Pradesh would be treated at par with North-East and Jammu and Kashmir for reduced air tariffs and regular connectivity. Issue of expansion of railway network will also be raised with the NDA government,” he told mediapersons.
Earlier Sharma was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2014 from Rajasthan. Now he has been nominated by Congress high command to contest from Himachal Pradesh.
The Congress deputy leader was a cabinet minister in Manmohan Singh government and later became the deputy leader of the party in Rajya Sabha after the UPA government was ousted in 2014.