Congress Himachal MLAs to decide chief minister in Shimla

In the Himachal Pradesh Assembly election Congress registered a win and to decide chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, MLAs will meet on Friday in Shimla.

Meanwhile, at 3 pm Himachal Congress Legislature Party meeting will be held at State Congress Headquarters, Rajiv Bhawan.

In the meeting, Rajeev Shukla, in charge of the Himachal Pradesh Congress, and supervisors Bhupesh Baghel and Bhupendra Hooda will also be present.

Moreover, to take the final call for the chief minister a resolution will be passed by MLAs. In the hill state, Congress had not projected a Chief Ministerial candidate.

Among various aspirants like former state Congress chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri including Pratibha Singh, it is a big task for Congress to choose its chief ministerial candidate.

After five years Congress returned to power in Himachal Pradesh and on Thursday won 40 seats in the 68-member assembly and BJP won 25 seats.

Talking about voting share BJP has got 43.88 percent of votes compared to 42.99 percent of its rival.

However, after the defeat, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur resigned and said, “I want to thank Prime Minister and central leadership (for their support) during the last five years. We’ll stand for the development of the state irrespective of politics. We’ll analyze our shortcomings and improve during the next term.”

Furthermore, Rajiv Shukla who is in charge of Himachal Pradesh said 10 guarantees in the state will be implemented.

“It’s the victory of people of the state. People voted for change and against unemployment and inflation. We’ll be united and there won’t be any factionalism in our party. We met party chief Mallikarjun Kharge and had a discussion regarding our next step,” Shukla said.

Henceforth Pratibha Singh who is Himachal Pradesh Congress chief “there is no need to fear (poaching)” as people have given us a mandate.

“We can meet (our MLAs) anywhere including Chandigarh or in the state. Those who have won will be with us and we will form the government,” Singh said.

“It is a very emotional moment for me as I can see the same kind of support from people as it was for the late Virbhadra Singh. Chandigarh is an easily accessible meeting point for MLAs and we are not worried about poaching,” Singh said.

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