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Face to face with former Himachal Pradesh CM Prem Kumar Dhumal

Prem Kumar Dhumal, who has been contesting the state assembly election from Sujanpur seat of the district, has been campaigning for the party candidates to ensure their victory in the elections.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2017 09:43 IST
Punkaj Bhhartiya
Punkaj Bhhartiya
Hindustan Times, Hamirpur
former Himachal Pradesh CM,Prem Kumar Dhumal,BJP in Himachal
“The party will soon release its vision document for the state. Emphasis will be on development and performance of the BJP-led central government on one hand and failure of the Congress to develop the state,” Dhumal said. (HT File )

Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prem Kumar Dhumal, who is the front runner for the post of chief minister from the saffron party, is unnerved after the party high command failed to announce him as the chief minister’s face for the upcoming assembly elections. Dhumal, who has been contesting the state assembly election from Sujanpur seat of the district, has been campaigning for the party candidates to ensure their victory in the elections.

Speaking to Punkaj Bhaartiya, he says he is the true soldier of the party and will abide by the decisions of the party high command.

Q: What are the prospects of BJP in the upcoming elections?

A: The BJP is in a position to win the elections with an ease with the help and support of people. We are sure to win more than sixty seats.

Q: BJP is yet to name its CM candidate. What do you have to say about that?

A: I am a true soldier of the party. Whatever the party high command directs, I will abide by it. I have served the state as chief minister for two terms and party leaders know my caliber. The party will take the right decision at right time for welfare of people of the state.

“It’s going to be an interesting election this time and people will elect whom they feel can lead them better.”

Q: Is there any rift in the BJP over the CM’s face?

There is no rift in the party. A decision will be taken by the party high command in consultation with the state leaders at the appropriate time.

Q: Congress has named Virbhadra Singh as its CM face for seventh time. What do you have to say on that?

It will not be of much help. The party’s CM face carries a tainted image and is facing trial in corruption cases.

Q: What will be BJP’s main poll plank?

The party will soon release its vision document for the state. Emphasis will be on development and performance of the BJP-led central government on one hand and failure of the Congress to develop the state.

Q: What made you to shift from Hamirpur to Sujanpur?

It was a party decision taken after deliberation.

Q: Your one-time protégé Rajinder Rana is pitted against you.

A: It’s going to be an interesting election this time and people will elect whom they feel can lead them better.

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 14:59 IST