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Cong sub divides its Kangra, Mandi district units

The Congress high command has approved state Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu's move to subdivide district units. The party will now have 17 district units.

chandigarh Updated: Nov 23, 2014 19:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Congress high command has approved state Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu's move to subdivide district units. The party will now have 17 district units.

The state Congress on Sunday made a formal announcement that the units of Mandi and Kangra have been subdivided."We have finally got nod from the party high command to divide Mandi and Kangra units," said party spokesman Naresh Chauhan, while briefing the mediapersons at party headquarters - Rajiv Bhawan.
In spite of the resistance from the party's frontline leaders, Sukhu's plan to fragment district units has been approved.

The party had created Palampur, Dehra and Nurpur block units in Kangra. While Kangra itself will be a separate district unit. District Congress body of Dehra will comprise the block units of Dehra, Jaswan Paragpur and Jawalamukhi. The district unit of Palampur will have four block units -- Baijnath, Palampur, Jaisinghpur and Sulah. "Kangra, Dharamsala, Shapur and Nagrota will be part of Kangra district unit" said Chauhan. The Nurpur district unit will comprise the block units of Indora, Jawali, Nurpur and Fatehpur" said he.

Kangra district, politically the most significant district in the state, comprises 15 assembly segments. The Congress leaders had initially opposed the move to fragment the district.

Mandi, the second largest district, comprising 10 assembly segments, has been divided into two district units. Both Mandi and Sundernagar will have five blocks each. Seraj, Drang, Balh, Mandi and Jogindernagar have been included in Mandi district. Similarly, Sundernagar, Dharampur, Nachan, Karsog and Sarkhagahat are part of the Sundernagar block unit. The Congress spokesman underplayed the opposition by senior Congress leaders. "There was a difference of opinon among certain party leaders, but the state party chief created consensus," said Chauhan, adding that All India Congress Committee general secretary Janardan Dwivedi had communicated to the state party headquarters about the high command's approval.


Party general secretary Harbhakjjan Singh Bhajji, treasurer Surinder Chauhan and spokesman Sanjay Singh Chauhan also accompanied Naresh Chauhan in the press briefing. However, the party was yet to take a final call on subdividing the block units of Lahaul Spiti, Bharmour and Rohru.

First Published: Nov 23, 2014 19:41 IST