Congress has cleared the names of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya Singh, and health minister Kaul Singh Thakur’s daughter Champa Thakur for contesting state assembly polls from Shimla (Rural) and Mandi.
Sushil Kumar Shinde said the distribution of tickets has been done adopting best parameters of winnability and fair play, adding that some leaders who could not get the tickets could be upset.
Hari Chand Sharma has been declared as the party candidate from Manali, while Surinder Thakur will be the Congress nominee from Kullu. The Congress fielded Vivek Sharma from Kutlehar, while Lakhwinder Rana has been fielded from Nalagarh.
If Stokes sticks to her decision not to contest, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma is likely to push for his close aide Kuldeep Rathore, a former PCC general secretary, to be candidate from Theog since he was not given ticket from Shimla
The Central Election Committee of the Congress has so far cleared 59 out of the total 68 candidates. There were chances of the decision on the rest being taken Saturday late night
The 89-year-old Congress leader had earlier said she wanted to resign from electoral politics but the Congress high command is yet to take a decsion
Earlier, there were reports that the Chief Minister, who currently represents Shimla (Rural), will contest the November 9 elections from Theog
Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017: Virbhadra Singh also announced that minister Vidya Stokes, who had offered her Assembly constituency of Theog to him, will be contesting the seat.
Himachal Pradesh polls 2017: Flanked by his wife Pratibha Singh and son Vikramaditya Singh, Virbhadra on Friday told a gathering here that it was his own decision to contest from Arki since too many aspirants for the seat had resulted in Congress’s loss earlier.
In the affidavit, Virbhadra Singh stated he owned movable assets worth Rs 7.15 crore, while his wife Pratibha Singh's assets were valued at Rs 2.51 crore
Virbhadra Singh also took a dig at the opposition BJP party saying that GST and demonetisation are major issues favouring Congress in the upcoming election.
Bidhi Chand filed his nomination from Fatehpur as Independent, Mujhesh Kumar from Jaswan-Pragpur as Independent and Nisha Katoch from Dharamshala as Savabhiman Party candidate, while Renuka Dogra filed her nomination from Kullu assembly segment as Rashtriya Azad Manch candidate
Congress has fielded only two women candidates, Asha Kumari from Dalhousie, which she currently represents, and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur from Dehra in Kangra district
BJP fields Virbhadra’s ex-loyalist from Shimla (Rural), a seat CM had kept for his son’s poll entry
Party sources said the Congress had not declared candidates for the remaining nine constituencies, including Shimla (Rural), since there were many aspirants
Pramod Sharma, an university professor and a loyalist of Virbhadra Singh, will challenge the Chief Minister's son Vikramaditya Singh from Shimla (Rural)