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Press Trust of India, PTI
Shimla, December 20, 2012
As initial trends indicated a Congress victory in Himachal Pradesh, party veteran Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said he had put in his "best efforts" in the polls and it was up to Sonia Gandhi to decide the state's chief minister.
"I had been briefed to bring the party back to power. For that, I had put in my best efforts. It is for Gandhi to decide who will become the chief minister," Singh, who was likely to win from the Shimla Rural constituency of the state, said, while speaking to reporters here.

A five-time CM, Singh said there was no possibility of the Congress high command nominating an outsider for the chief minister's post. "I can only say I don't expect this will happen," he had said yesterday when asked if a person from outside could lead the Congress government if the party comes to power.

Singh had yesterday also dismissed suggestions that union minister Anand Sharma, his known detractor in state politics, stood a chance to become the chief minister. "I don't know if he's (Sharma) a contender or not. But he will not be there," he had said.