Over 230 candidates file papers on auspicious day
Political bigwigs including Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal,Himachal Lokhit Party president Maheshwar Singh,former minister G S Bali,six sitting ministers beside prominent figures including former speaker Radha Raman Shastri and BJP rebel Khushi Ram Balantah were among those who filed their nominations for the Himachal Assembly elections on Tuesday.
With the day being the first day of navratra,most leaders decided to file their candidature while Election Department officials are expecting a huge rush of candidates on Wednesday – the last date for filing nominations.
Dhumal chose a pointed date and time ( 2pm) to file his nomination papers before the sub-divisional magistrate (SMD),Hamirpur,after leading an impressive show of strength in the town. The chief minister is contesting from Hamirpur as his home constituency of Bamson has been scrapped by the Delimitation Commission.
Hundreds of Dhumal supporters converged in town as he arrived to file his nomination papers after paying obeisance at a local temple. Senior lawyer and BJP leader Satpal Jain who was also the party incharge in 2007 was present as the chief minister filed his papers.
Earlier,while addressing a rally,Dhumal attacked former chief minister Virbhadra Singh and urged Virbhadra to get himself cleared off corruption charges during his term as the Union Steel minister before dreaming of becoming the chief minister. The people of Himachal Pradesh know his deeds of corruption during his stints as chief minister and as union minister of steel. They will retire him from politics before he gets a mandate, Dhumal said.
Former BJP state president Maheshwar Singh also organised an impressive rally at Kullu before filing his nomination papers for Kullu Assembly constituency as a Himachal Lokhit Party candidate.