Who will be the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh? The decision regarding the new CM will be taken at the meeting of newly elected MLAs in Shimla today.
Shimla: The fact that the Congress fought the election in Himachal Pradesh without announcing a candidate name for chief minister post, proved a blessing in disguise for the party by keeping factionalism under control. But it has left the winners with too many candidates for the top post.
Currently, Congress is in its comfort zone in Himachal Pradesh, winning 40 seats out of 68. There is no chance of any horse trading at the moment. Who will be the next chief minister of the state? The decision regarding the new CM will be taken at the meeting of newly elected MLAs in Shimla today.
After winning 40 seats in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, the state Congress has scheduled a Legislature Party meeting today, Friday, at around 3 pm at Congress Headquarters, Rajiv Bhawan, in Shimla. The Congress was successful in unseating the “double-engine sarkar” of the BJP by bagging 40 of the state’s 68 Assembly seats.
The meeting is crucial, as the party leaders will have to reveal the name of the new chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. Senior Congress leaders Bhupesh Baghel, Rajeev Shukla, and Bhupendra Singh Hooda are set to land in Shimla around 1 pm today.
After consultation with all the winning MLAs, the Congress leaders will announce the name of the new CM. Congress State President Pratibha Singh will also take part in the party meeting.
Currently, there is no fear of poaching, the 40 Congress MLAs are gearing up to meet at Rajiv Bhavan in Shimla. Earlier, the party planned to shift the winning candidates to Chandigarh. A hotel was booked in Mohali for their stay. Later, when the party had a sufficient number of seats, the strategy was altered.
The three top contenders for the CM post are Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Pratibha Singh, and Mukesh Agnihotri. However, the three probables for the top post—Ashok Kumari, Kaul Singh Thakur, and Thakur Ram Lal—failed to win elections.