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BJP zeroed in on Jairam Thakur as new CM of Himachal, says unofficial report

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur

The party high-command would make an official announcement from its headquarters in Delhi anytime during the current week, suggested the sources.

Shimla: Amid clamour for making Prem Kumar Dhumal the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh despite losing his seat, Jairam Thakur –five-times Member of the HP Legislative Assembly, has been zeroed in on as the new Chief Ministerial candidate by the central observers of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), suggested the internal sources of the party on the condition of anonymity.

Though there is no official confirmation from the party high-command, the report is being considered to be confirmed. Further, it goes by the logic that the BJP will refrain from sending a wrong message by committing a blunder of making a losing candidate a Chief Minister. This action will definitely dent the party’s image, and the BJP high-command has already considered the long-term consequences of it.  

Though it was believed to be a mere formality, today, the Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar arrived in Himachal and held a meeting with the newly elected MLAs and talked to them separately to consider their individual point of view.

They also met the party’s state unit core committee, which includes Dhumal, state party chief Satpal Singh Satti, all the five MPs from the state and organisation secretary Pawan Rana.

The party high-command would make the official announcements from its headquarters in Delhi anytime during the current week, suggested the sources.

The news came as a disappointment to Dhumal, who was lobbying through its supporters and loyal MLAs to become the new Chief Minister despite losing elections from the Sujanpur constituency.

Three winning MLAs even offered to vacate their seats for the former Chief Minister. The community of employees in Himachal also threatened the BJP of dire consequences in the next assembly elections.   

The names of Union Minister of Health, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Rajiv Bindal, and Suresh Bhardwaj have been doing rounds as the eligible candidates for the top seat.

The BJP has returned to power by winning 44 seats in the 68-membered Legislative Assembly of the Hill State. Sadly, losing elections for its Chief Ministerial face became a vitriolic reality.

About MLA Jairam Thakur

He had won his first assembly elections in 1998. This assembly election, Jairam Thakur won from Seraj constituency by defeating Chet Ram of the Congress.

He has won the five assembly elections from Seraj constituency of Mandi district.  The by-election of 2014 was the only occasion when Jairam Thakur had lost elections to Pratibha Singh, wife of Virbhadra Singh.

He is believed to be closely associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and has served as Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in previous BJP governments. During 2007 to 2009, he has served as the party president.   

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AAP Forms ‘Committee’ to Strengthen Party in Himachal, Satish Thakur Appointed Chairman

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Shimla-Aam Adami Party in Himachal Pradesh has expedited the process of forming and setting its house in order.  This is evident from the ‘gherao, of the Vidhan Sabha in Dharamshala, followed by a press conference in Shimla. AAP has already announced to contest the elections on all 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh. Very recently, the party also announced that it would also contest elections on all seats in the elections to the Shimla Municipal Corporation to be held in 2022.

In the press conference, AAP had also alleged that the state government used unnecessary police force which left many of its protesting workers injured.

AAP has already launched its membership drive. Unemployment, inflation, free electricity etc. are some of the issues the party has picked to gain the attention of the people.

Considering the campaigning pattern in the poll-bound neighbouring state Punjab, expect a variety of sops to woo the diverse voter bank. The party would definitely try to sell the Delhi model for development in Himachal Pradesh too. “Himachal Pradesh generates electricity and supplies it to neighbouring states including Delhi. If Delhi could provide free electricity then why not Himachal,” AAP spokesperson said in a press conference. Further, what bothers most the opponent parties is what they call ‘freebies politics of AAP’.

On top of it, the transformation of the government educational institutes in Delhi could also appeal to the people who are over-burdened with the hefty fees of the private institutes. The academic environment and infrastructure of government schools, which is in tatters, has left parents with no choice but to opt for private schools. But it’s to be seen as to how AAP balances the caste equation and regional distribution of power, especially after the haphazard formation of a Commission for the ‘ General Category’ in the state.  

Yesterday, AAP constituted a “Central Development Organization Committee” for Himachal Pradesh. The purpose of this Committee, AAP said, is to strengthen the party and approach as much population as possible.

Sachin Roy would be the State Co-Ordinator and Satish Thakur was given the responsibility as the Chairman of the Committee. The formation of the Committee follows recommendations given by the APP state-in-charge, Ratnesh Gupta.

Other nominated members include Tilak Thakur, Naresh Thakur, Uttam Chand, Suresh Negi, Chaman Sharma, Doctor Balwant Dhindsa, Abhishek Thakur, Adarsh Mehta, Ramesh Thakur, Lakshman Negi, Raj Thakur and Uday Dogra.

The AAP state-chief, Advocate Anoop Kesari, congratulated all the members for being entrusted with these responsibilities.

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HP ByPolls 2021: No Big Guns in BJP Star Campaigners’ List   

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HP Bye Polls BJP star campaigner list

Shimla-Following the completion of the round for filing nominations for Himachal Pradesh Bye-Polls 2021 for Mandi Lok Sabha seat and three Assembly constituencies – Arki, Fatehpur, and Jubbal-Kotkhai, Bharatiya Janata Party has also released the list of its star campaigners.

The opposition Congress had already released the list that included names of Kanahaiya Kumar, who has been newly inducted into the party. Other than that, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chief Minister of Punjab Charan Singh Channi, Raj Babbar, and Sachin Pilot were also on the list among other names.

Also Read: List of Congress Star Campaigners for HP Bye-Polls 2021

It was being speculated that big guns like Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, JP Nadda etc could be on the list of star campaigners, however, any such names were missing. Anurag Thakur is the only Union Minister who would be campaigning in Himachal. BJP has also not included the name of MP Kishan Kapoor. The party is relying mostly on local leadership.

BJP’s list of star campaigners for HP ByePolls 2021 includes the following leaders:

Suresh Kashyap

Jairam Thakur

Shanta Kumar

Prem Kumar Dhumal

Anuraag Thakur

Avinash Rai Khanna

Sanjay Tandon

Mehndra Singh Thakur

Suresh Bharadwaj

Virendra Kanwar

Bikarm Singh Thakur

Govind Singh Thakur

Rajeev Sahjal

Sukhram Chaudhary

Rakesh Pathania

Rajeev Bindal

Sushree Indu Goswami

Trilok Jamval

Trilok Kapur

Rakesh Jamval

 

 

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HP ByPolls 2021: Total 24 Candidates File Nominations, Including Chetan Bragta as Independent Candidate

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HP bye-Polls 2021 nominations

Shimla-Nominations for Himachal Pradesh By-Elections 2021 were filed on Friday by a total of 24 candidates, of which four are substitute candidates and nine independent. Two candidates of the Himachal Jan Kranti Party have also filed nominations from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat and the Fatehpur Assembly constituency. The remaining one nomination was filed by the candidate of Rashtriya Lok Neeti Party from Mandi Lok Sabha seat.

Today was the last day for filing nominations.

The nominations would be scrutinized on October 11, and October 13 would be the last date to withdraw nominations. The polling would be held on October 30. 

While Congress has played safe and facing lesser in-fighting over the distribution of tickets, BJP faced resistance on all three Assembly seats – Arki, Jubbal-Kotkhai, and Fatehpur.

While BJP managed to convince two of its miffed leaders from Arki and Fatehpur to not file nominations as independent candidates, it couldn’t stop Chetan Bragta – son of former MLA Narender Bragta-from revolting. Bragta filed his nomination as an independent candidate from the Jubbal-Kotkhai Assembly seat where BJP had picked Neelam Seraik over him. A large procession followed Bragta while he filed the nomination. His supporters even blocked the road for Seraik who was on her way to file the nomination. Bragta’s supporters also shouted slogans against Suresh Bhardwaj, who is in-charge of the Jubbal-Kotkhai constituency for these bye-elections.

It’s pertinent to mention that Narender Bragta and Suresh Bhardwaj didn’t enjoy good political relations. When Bhardwaj was given charge of this constituency for the bye-elections, the decision had raised the eyebrows of supporters of Bragta. In this constituency, BJP is likely to face a hard time claiming a victory if it couldn’t convince Bragta to withdraw his nomination.

However, BJP leadership managed to convince Govind Sharma and Kripal Parmar, who were miffed over being denied ticket from Arki and Fatehpur seats respectively, to not jump into the fray as rebels.

 HP ByPolls 2021: INC and BJP Candidates from Three Assembly Constituencies 

Assembly Constituency

INC

BJP

Jubbal-Kotkhai (Shimla)

Rohit Thakur 

Neelam Seraik

Arki (Solan)

Ratan Singh Pal

Sanjay Awasthi 

Fatehpur (Kangra)

Bhawani Singh Pathania 

Baldev Thakur

     

 

INC and BJP Candidates from One Lok Sabha Seat

Mandi Lok Sabha Seat 

INC

BJP

       
 

Pratibha Singh 

Brig (Retired) Kushal Chand

     
             
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