|In Himachal’s Deputy Chief Minister Choice, Congress’s Balancing Act|
Mukesh Agnihotri, the chief of the opposition within the outgoing Himachal Pradesh meeting, would be the first Deputy Chief Minister of the hill state in what’s being seen as a balancing act of the grand previous get together following protests by loyalists of the royals after Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was introduced the brand new Chief Minister. Mr Agnihotri is formal royal and 6 time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s protege.
Ahead of the large announcement, naming Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu the Chief Minister, state Congress president and Virbhadra Singh’s spouse Pratibha Singh had staked declare to the highest job, with a stern warning for the get together excessive command. Her supporters mobbed the resort the place the get together’s central observers had been staying, and raised slogans in her assist. They had even stopped the automobile of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, one of many central observers, earlier than the get together’s essential assembly, and asserted their assist for Pratibha Singh.
Mr Agnihotri’s appointment is being seen as an olive department to assuage the ex-royals, and include factionalism within the state unit. Pratibha Singh had reportedly even batted for him to be made the Chief Minister after she was dominated out herself.
Mukesh Agnihotri is carrying on the political legacy of his father Omkar Chand Sharma, who had additionally contested Assembly elections on a Congress ticket. After his defeat, Mukesh Agnihotri was fielded by Congress from the Santokhgarh constituency.
Mukesh Agnihotri, a resident of Goindpur Tarf Jaichand village within the Haroli tehsil of Una district, situated on the Himachal-Punjab border, entered politics immediately from the legislature. He did not contest any native polls and was immediately fielded in Assembly elections.
Mukesh Agnihotri was born on October 9, 1962 in Sangrur, Punjab, to Omkar Chand Sharma, a District Public Relations Officer.
He did his education from Una district and obtained his Master of Science diploma in Mathematics. He then did a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, and have become a journalist.
Before becoming a member of politics, Mukesh Agnihotri served as a journalist in Shimla and Delhi for nearly twenty years.
While working as a journalist in Delhi, Mukesh Agnihotri obtained near the highest Congress management, and ultimately turned a confidante of late Virbhadra Singh, six time Chief Minister of the state, who introduced him into politics.
In 1993, when Virbhadra Singh was Chief Minister, Mukesh Agnihotri’s father Omkar Chand Sharma was made the Vice Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Agro Packaging Department.
Omkar Chand Sharma was nominated by the Congress from the Santokhgarh constituency within the 1998 meeting elections, however misplaced to BJP candidate Jaikishan Sharma.
In the subsequent state elections, in 2003, Congress fielded Mukesh Agnihotri as an alternative of his father; he received in his first try.
He received from Santokhgarh once more in 2007. However, on account of delimitation in 2012, Santokhgarh went to the Una Assembly phase, whereas a brand new meeting constituency, Haroli, was fashioned.
In his third electoral win, Mr Agnihotri contested from Haroli, and served because the Industries Minister within the Virbhadra Singh-led authorities.
In 2017, he registered his fourth consecutive win, however the BJP fashioned the federal government.
In 2018, he was made the Leader of the Opposition and within the lately concluded elections, he was made a star campaigner by the get together excessive command.
After successful 5 occasions in a row, he was within the race for the Chief Minister’s publish, however the excessive command has appointed him as Deputy Chief Minister as Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu enjoys fashionable assist among the many 40 newly elected MLAs.