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Prem Kumar Dhumal in BJP list of candidates for Himachal Pradesh

Prem Kumar Dhumal and Union minister JP Nadda are seen as two most likely choices for the post of chief minister if the BJP comes back to power in the Congress-ruled state.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2017 17:00 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah with former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal at the party’s Yuva Hunkar Rally at Kangra near Dharamsala in September. (PTI File Photo)

Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti are among the party candidates, a list for which was announced Wednesday, for the state assembly elections.

The BJP has declared its nominees for all the 68 seats in the state’s assembly and the names also include Anil Sharma, Congress veteran Sukhram’s son, who quit his party recently to join the BJP.

Dhumal, a two-time chief minister, will contest from Sujanpur instead of Hamirpur, which he represents in the outgoing assembly.

Dhumal and Union minister JP Nadda are seen as two most likely choices for the post of chief minister if the BJP comes back to power in the Congress-ruled state. The BJP has not named its chief ministerial candidate.

The BJP Central Election Committee had met last week to finalise their candidates in the state. The single-phase election will be held on November 9.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 16:59 IST