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Fight for Himachal’s CM Chair gets ugly as Dhumal- Jairam supporters almost clash in Shimla

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As per unofficial reports, in an effort to convince him to step back, Dhumal is said to have received assurances offering Rajya Sabha seat or post of the Governor to him.

Shimla: Instead of being a good leader, who was supposed to uphold the mandate of his people by humbly accepting his defeat in a fair fight, the two-times Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal seems to have opted to create a lobby alongiwith a bunch of winning MLAs loyal to him.

Alongwith losing the Sujanpur constituency to his Congress rival Rajinder Rana, now Dhumal is also losing respect as a politician as he ignores the dignity of the top post.

An internal member of the party, on the condition of anonymity, said the high-command has already taken the decision regarding the next Chief Minister but facing resistance from the Dhumal camp in declaration and execution of this decision.

While the central observers of the Bhartiya Janata Party, Nirmala Sitharaman and Narender Tomar, today arrived at the Peterhoff to convene a meeting with the State BJP’s Core Committee which includes Dhumal and party president Satpal Singh Satti, the supporters of Dhumal and top contender for the CM post, Jairam Thakur, almost clashed over the clamor of making Dhumal as the Chief Minister as announced by the high-command prior to elections.

As per the sources, Dhumal is not stepping back from the race for the top post despite attempts by the central and state leaders to convince him and facing bitter criticism from the senior leaders of his own party.

As per unofficial reports, in an effort to convince him to step back, Dhumal was even given assurances offering Rajya Sabha seat and post of the Governor.

The opposition leaders are also taking jibes at Dhumal and the party leaders for fighting like a bunch of spoiled kids for the CM’s chair. This infighting for the power hardly has anything to do with the good governance or interests of the common public. This is what the Indian politics is all about – the power, conclude political critics.

Meanwhile, the observes also held a meeting with the leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),


The situation grew so ugly that the two central observers were said to have found themselves caught in a ruck suck between supporters of two different groups. The observers reportedly had to warn the party workers.

If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, another group of supporters joined in this ugly fight for the Chair and shouted slogans in favour of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


The senior BJP leader and former-Chief Minister of Himachal, Shanta Kumar condemned the slogan shouting in favour of making a candidate CM who was voted out by the public.

Raising slogans in favour of any one leader is wrong. If I was the party president, I would have expelled such workers. I did not like it,

said Shanta Kumar

Dhumal may have lost the elections due to party’s internal politics, but it is a bitter fact that he should accept as soon as possible. The political critics are of the opinion that Dhumal should admit he is no more eligible to claim the top post, at least not after losing his seat.

Such actions are only denting Dhumal’s image and the remains of his political career, if any.

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Himachal BJP Chief Satti Barred from Campaigning by EC for MCC Violation

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Shimla-The Election Commission of India has barred Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti from campaigning for 48 hours. This prohibition would begin from 10 am tomorrow onwards for two days for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

This makes him the first such leader from Himachal Pradesh who was barred from campaigning for violating MCC.

Satti had used an obscene slur for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi while addressing a public meeting in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.  The EC had taken strict note of it and had issued a notice. Satti had filed a reply justifying himself that he was merely narrating a Facebook comment made by some other person. He also alleged media of presenting edited video clip with manipulations. However, this justification failed to appeal to the EC as the word used by Satti was highly derogatory.  

Also, it was alleged that Satti had made objectionable remarks over religious sect Radha Swami, for which he had also apologized.

Here is what Satti Had Said About Rahul Gandhi:

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

However, Satti is yet to receive a response to the reply he has filed to a second notice served to him by EC for again making objectionable comments about Priyanka Vadra dressing and Rahul Gandhi’s bachelorhood in public meeting in Una.  The second notice was sent on the basis of video footage recorded by EC’s video surveillance team.

Himachal Pradesh Congress had launched a statewide protest against Satti along with submission of a complaint to the EC. An FIR was also lodged against Satti in relation to his derogatory comments.  Effigies were burnt at various places. Youth wing of the State Congress had smeared black paint on the face of Satti in BJP posters in Shimla. Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had gone to the extent of saying that Satti had lost his mental balance.

State BJP leaders have so far avoided condemning Satti’s remarks, which also drew criticism from the opposition.

BJP leaders like Shanta Kumar, however, defended Satti. Shanta said Satti had apologized for his remarks. However, Satti had only apologized to Radha Swami organization. He had refused to apologize to Rahul Gandhi. He maintained that Rahul had also been addressing PM Modi as Chowkidar Chor or Chore while addressing rallies and public meetings.

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Black Paint Smeared on HP BJP Chief’s Face in Posters, Congress Also Files Police Complaint

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has filed a complaint to police for lodging an FIR against Satpal Singh Satti, President of BJP HP, for making derogatory remarks and statements against INC President Rahul Gandhi. Congress said this news was also published by various newspapers on Monday.

HPCC has already made a call for state-wide protest against Satti on April 16.

At the same time, the obscene remarks have angered the State Youth Congress. Workers of Youth Congress were smearing black paint on Satti’s face on BJP poster in Shimla as a protest. Workers can also be seen in the video writing ‘Besharm Satti’ (Shameless) on BJP posters.

The State President of Youth Congress, Manish Thakur, has made a call do the same with BJP chief’s face on posters across the State. All workers across Himachal should boycott and burn effigies of Satti in their respective constituencies, he said.

In its complaint, HPCC said that on April 14, 2019, Satpal Singh Satti was addressing a public meeting organised at Ramshaher of  Nalagarh Vidhan Sabha Assembly in District Solan. During his address, he allegedly passed derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhiji and former UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. These remarks were highly defamatory and against women’s dignity, Congress said in its complaint. It also alleged that the objectionable remarks used by Satti are also in gross violation of the guidelines laid down by Election Commission of India.

The unparliamentary language used by Satti while delivering the speech in this meeting tarnishes the image of AICC President Rahul Gandhi, the complaint said.

 The abusive remarks used against Sonia Gandhi are damaging the public image of a woman, who is given the utmost importance in the Social Indian setup, it said.

These remarks would tarnish the image of Congress Party in India as well as in Himachal, the complaint said.  Congress also complained that Satti has committed a criminal offence by passing derogatory remarks and has also violated the guidelines issued by Election Commission of India for smooth conduction of elections.  Some cuttings from today’s Dallies were also attached with the complaint.

Satti, as per a PTI report, refused to apologize for the remarks, and said he was merely reading contents of a comment posted by someone on social media.  Instead, he said Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders should apologise for using ‘chor’ word for PM.

I have narrated an incident while addressing a public meeting in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan district whereby a derogatory remark was made against Rahul in retaliation of using ‘chor’ word for PM in a viral social media message,

he told PTI.

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Himachal BJP Chief Caught on Camera Passing Obscene Remarks at Rahul Gandhi

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Shimla-Satpal Singh Satti, the president of Bhartiya Janata Party’s Himachal Pradesh unit, was caught on camera passing obscene remarks at INC President Rahul Gandhi Gandhi.  He was addressing a public meeting of SC morcha in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.

Satti has defended it arguing that he only read a comment made on Rahul Gandhi by some Facebook user. He said he only wanted to convey that if Rahul Gandhi can address the Prime Minister as “Chowkidar Chor Hai” from the public stage, he should be ready to face similar derogatory remarks.

However, Satti’s language registered a new low in the battle of political statements ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.   

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

The State unit of Congress and its leaders have sought an public apology from the BJP Chief and warned him that this matter would be taken to the Election Commission of India. State Congress unit has made a call for statewide protest on April 16.

Afraid of losing elections, Congress said, BJP is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the people from real issues.

We are taking the opinion of our legal cell. Subsequently, we may file a formal complaint against him with the EC,

a Congress Spokesperson said.

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