Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

PK Dhumal is BJP's CM face in Himachal Pradesh

PK Dhumal is BJP's CM face in Himachal Pradesh

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Tuesday announced senior leader Prem Kumar Dhumal as the party's CM candidate for Himachal Pradesh.

Hitting out at chief minister Virbhadra Singh, the BJP chief said, not just Virbhadra, his family and even servants are facing corruption charges.

Addressing an election rally at Banikhet of Dalhousie asssembly segment in Chamba district, the BJP chief said that Congress leaders are supporting those who are raising slogans of "Azadi"(independence) in Kashmir. Dhumal is a two time CM of the hill state.

In 2012, Prem Kumar Dhumal preceded by Virbhadra Singh Congress leader.

Shah said Dhumal will be the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh after December 18, the day of the counting of votes.

Today's announcement about CM face in Himachal Pradesh by Amit Shah has also now snubbed the previous reports of JP Nadda being seen as the choice of BJP for the post. In the list announced, BJP had its nominees for all the 68 seats in the state's assembly. "I also want to say that Dhumalji is now a former chief minister and the leader of the opposition, but after December 18 he will become Himachal's chief minister", Shah said.

"The BJP is going to fight the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls under the leadership of Prem Kumar Dhumal".

Earlier this year, BJP won the Shimla Municipal Elections by securing 17 out of 34 seats. In 1984, he was selected as the candidate for the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency when the sitting Member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly and state stalwart Jagdev Chand, refused to stand.

Shah said Himachal has a lot of potential in tourism, agriculture and power, but no development has taken place as people alternated the government every five years.

Taking potshots at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Shah said he was seeking account from the BJP government in Gujarat.

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