Nadda says Shanta's the 'obvious choice' for Kangra-Chamba seat
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary JP Nadda has said that veteran leader Shanta Kumar was the party's “obvious choice” for contesting from the Kangra-Chamba seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.punjab Updated: Jan 13, 2014 19:16 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary JP Nadda has said that veteran leader Shanta Kumar was the party's “obvious choice” for contesting from the Kangra-Chamba seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Nadda, who was in Palampur on Sunday to inaugurate a physiotherapy centre of Shanta's ambitious project Kaya-Kalp Health Resort, heaped praises on the veteran leader for his contribution to development in the area.
“Individual efforts sometimes make an area excel. The progress in Kangra and Chamba should be attributed to Shanta's efforts. He has been working for the people's welfare for the past 50 years,” Nadda said.
He said the party would field only veteran leaders and that Shanta too should contest the polls. “Though it will be his decision, the party wants him to contest the elections,” said Nadda.
Nadda's statement comes at a time when the BJP has refrained from announcing prospective party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. Recently, Shanta had also express desire to contest the parliamentary polls.
At the 'Run for Unity' event organised by the BJP last year, Shanta had said, “I will do anything to bring the BJP government in Delhi. My priority is to bring the party to power. I am ready for every role which would be assigned to me by the party high command.”
On Monday, he reiterated his commitment towards the party: “I am have been in politics for 50 years and will continue to serve the people.”
Shanta had declared retirement from electoral politics about two years ago. The saffron party has not yet been able to find a suitable candidate for the Kangra-Chamba seat, and is hence persuading Shanta to contest the election.
Shanta, Nadda had skipped core committee meeting
Veteran BJP leader Shanta Kumar and national general secretary JP Nadda had skipped the state BJP's core committee meeting held at Baddi in Solan on Saturday. While Shanta had cited an inauguration programme of a physiotherapy centre at Palampur as the reason behind him not attending the meet, Nadda had said he could not attend the meet owing to a busy schedule.