Himachal’s New Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu Says “Have Nothing To Do With” Cabinet Formation

Himachal’s New Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu Says “Have Nothing To Do With” Cabinet Formation
Himachal’s New Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu Says “Have Nothing To Do With” Cabinet Formation

Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the brand new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh who took oath earlier right this moment, has disagreed that the state unit of the Congress is riven with factionalism. “Lobbying occurs, however there isn’t any factionalism within the Congress in Himachal… It was a story by BJP,” he instructed NDTV in an unique interview. Even so, he made it clear that he wouldn’t have something to do with the federal government formation. It can be a “problem for Rajiv Shukla (Congress’s in-charge for Himachal Pradesh), he’ll take all the choices,” he stated.

Mr Sukhu, who got here from a humbly background however rose by the ranks within the Congress, was chosen because the Chief Minister over the claims of Pratibha Singh and Mukesh Agnihotri – the spouse and protégé of Himachal’s six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, an erstwhile royal. There are expectations that the occasion should do a balancing act by providing them some key seats – within the authorities or the occasion.

Sources stated the 58-year-old had the assist of greater than half the Congress MLAs within the state.

But his election was additionally anticipated to ship out a message — that dynastic politics and inherited privileges are on the way in which out within the Congress, dovetailing with the election of Mallikarjun Kharge to the highest submit of the occasion.  

His choice was additionally a rebuff to the BJP, which has been making jibes on the Congress. In the run-up to the elections, Union minister Amit Shah had stated that Mr Sukhu will not get the submit as he’s not “the son or daughter of someone”.

Mr Sukhu, whose father was a bus driver, had as soon as offered milk and began his political journey as a scholar chief. In time, he rose to be a part of Team Rahul Gandhi.  

“I’ve risen from a really humble background, it is a second of delight {that a} man like me has been made the Chief Minister,” he instructed NDTV right this moment. “It is a second of happiness {that a} Congress employee was given this chance. I thank the Congress and the Gandhi household for this,” he added.  

Asked in regards to the legacy of Virbhadra Singh, the occasion’s best-known face within the state, Mr Sukhu, who counted the six-time Chief Minister amongst his political rivals, stated: “We will take ahead the Congress legacy. It isn’t solely Virbhadra Singh’s legacy however the legacy of different leaders like Yashwant Singh and Ramlal Thakur additionally that we must be taking ahead. The occasion is larger than something.”

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