The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday declared its candidates for all 68 seats in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections slated on November 9 while the ruling Congress followed suit declaring the first list of 59 candidates.
The Election Commission (EC) on October 12 announced elections in Himachal Pradesh. Irrigation and public health minister Vidya Stokes, who had contested 10 elections from Theog, recently opted out of the electoral fray inviting Virbhadra Singh fight from her seat instead. The Chief Minister's son, Vikramaditya Singh, did not figure in the first list.
A leader privy to the screening committee meeting told HT on the condition of anonymity that Virbhadra Singh could take final decision on Arki after meeting senior leaders in Delhi tonight.
The party has fielded Rajinder Rana against BJP leader and former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in Sujanpur. Dhumal and Union minister J P Nadda are seen as two most likely choices for the post of chief minister if the saffron party comes back to power in the Congress-ruled state.
Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will contest from Sujanpur in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections while state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti will re-contest from Una, according to the BJP's list of candidates released on Wednesday.
Joti told that the last date for nomination will be 23rd October.
The Congress is also yet to decide its candidate for Mandi where the BJP has fielded Anil Sharma who deserted the party and went into the BJP fold.
Summary: Later he got elected to the state assembly for the eighth time from Shimla (rural) constituency and was sworn as the chief minister on December 25, 2012.
On the other hand, Dhumal had contested 2012 polls from Hamirpur Assembly constituency and previous three elections from Bamson in Hamirpur district.