Congress clears 52 names, Virbhadra to contest from Shimla rural

The Congress’s central election committee which met in New Delhi decided nominees for as many as 52 constituencies of total 68 in Vidhan Sabha.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2012 22:36 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times

The Congress central election committee which met in New Delhi decided nominees for as many as 52 constituencies of total 68 in Vidhan Sabha.

Central Election Committee meeting chaired by All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi, was attended by state general secretary Birender Singh Chaudhary, state party chief Virbhadra Singh and Congress legislature party leader Vidya Stokes.

Party’s national general secretary Rahul Gandhi was also present at the meeting.

Congress has retained majority of the sitting legislature while fate of those who lost their constituencies will be decided later.

Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee Virbhadra Singh will contest elections from Shimla rural, while Congress legislature party leader Vidya Stokes is party’s nominee from Theogh.

Former Lok Sabha Member Colonel (retd) Dhani Ram Shandil will contest elections from Solan. Vijai Singh Mankotia is party nominee from Shahpur.

Former education minister Asha Kumari was given ticket from Dalhousie. Kaul Singh will contest Darang seat.

Former forest Minister Rama Lal will contest election from Naina Devi. The party has pitted Narender Thakur son of late BJP stalwart Thakur Jagdev Chand against chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal from Hamirpur.

Sources said that there was dispute over names in 16 constituencies, which include Chamba, Nurpur, Jawali, Jawalamukhi, Kangra, Dharmashala, Lahual and Spiti, Manali, Seraj, Bhoranj, Una, Arki, B Nahan, Poanta, Kasumpti and Shimla.

There was dispute over names of sitting legislator from Nahan, Kush Parmar who is been pushed to Poanta by Virbhadra Singh. Singh is batting for his loyalist former Nahan MLA Ajay Bhadur Singh.

Parmar, son of former chief minister Yashwant Singh Parmar was not keen on shifting to Poanta since he has contested three elections from Nahan. Congress’s late Field – Marshal Sat Mahajan's son Ajay Mahajan's name too has not been cleared.

AICC General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi backed the candidature of young Manoj Pathania.

Central screening committee panel reportedly refused to the allot ticket to Jodhpur MP Chandresh Kumara on the grounds that the party cannot afford another by elections in Rajasthan.

Chandresh married to Aditya Katoch the erstwhile ruler of Kangra was health minister in the Congress government. Sudhir Sharma legislator from Baijnath is seeking ticket from Dharamsala.

First Published: Oct 06, 2012 22:28 IST