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Himachal: BJP to prepare roadmap for LS polls

Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times  Shimla, April 19, 2013
First Published: 19:59 IST(19/4/2013) | Last Updated: 20:01 IST(19/4/2013)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state executive will go into a huddle in Kullu on Saturday to deliberate on hosts of issues related to party and state, apart from preparing a roadmap for the Lok Sabha elections.

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It is expected that a special focus will remain on the Mandi parliamentary seat. The byelection to the Mandi parliamentary seat could be announced any time. The seat fell vacant after Virbhadra Singh became the chief minister.

It was in 2009 that Virbhadra Singh was elected to Parliament after he defeated the erstwhile ruler of Kullu - Maheshwar Singh - who is now legislator from Kullu.

Three-time parliamentarian Maheshwar Singh broke away from the BJP to form Himachal Lokhit Party.

Chief minister's wife Pratibha Singh, a former parliamentarian from Mandi, has already hinted at contesting the elections from Mandi.

There is a strong possibility that Virbhadra Singh will vie ticket for his wife.

“The party will discuss hosts of issues, but it's obvious that special attention will remain on the Mandi parliamentary seat,” said BJP state chief Satpal Singh Satti.

Virbhadra Singh was first elected to Parliament from Mandi in 1971, 1981 and then again in 2009. In 2004, Virbhadra's wife Pratibha Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha.

Comprising 17 assembly segments, Mandi is one of the biggest parliament segments in the country.

Barring tribal Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti districts, the BJP has constituted its block unit in all assembly segments.

Organisational elections could not be held in the two tribal districts owing to winter snow.

“The block units in Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur will be constituted shortly,” said Satti.

The 95-member state executive will also deliberate on the fate of 167 leaders, who were issued show-cause notice by the three-member disciplinary committee headed by senior party leader Ganesh Dutt for working against the party in the elections.

“Almost all leaders have replied to notices served on them. The disciplinary committee will meet soon to decide their fate,” said Dutt.

Even as intra-party squabbles largely contributed towards the party's defeat in the Vidhan Sabha elections, Satti wants to ensure that he puts the house in order before the Parliament elections.

Action against the erring leaders will be decided in accordance with the nature of compliant, Satti added.

Besides, the party will adopt two political resolutions one against the United Progressive Alliance and other against the working of the Congress government in the state.

The state BJP largely blames the policies of the UPA government for the worsening law and order situation and growing inflation, it is critical of decisions taken by the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government, including deleting former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's name from various schemes.

Almost all top leaders are expected to attend the meeting, including former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. Former union minister Shanta Kumar will not attend the meeting owing to the parliamentary executive meet scheduled for Saturday at senior BJP leader LK Advani's residence in Delhi.


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