|Pratibha Singh vs Sukhvinder Sukhu vs Mukesh Agnihotri|
After the Congress seemed set for a win in Himachal Pradesh — on a day of historic loss in Gujarat — the primary shot on the chief minister’s chair within the hill state got here from the camp of state get together chief Pratibha Singh, spouse of the late Virbhadra Singh who was the Congress’s tallest chief right here till his demise final 12 months.
Her son and MLA Vikramditya Singh stated, “As a son, I need Pratibha ji to get a giant duty.” He added, nonetheless, on who’ll lead the federal government:
“Besides being a son, I’m additionally a accountable chief of the get together. We will respect regardless of the get together decides. I’m certain the get together will take note of what the individuals need,” added the younger chief, additionally the scion of the erstwhile royal household of Rampur-Bhushahr.
Having retained his Shimla Rural seat, he gave credit score for the win to his late father’s legacy. “We need to stroll the trail proven by Virbhadra ji. The authorities will work on the ‘Virbhadra Singh vikas mannequin’. He have to be smiling at present in heaven.” he instructed NDTV.
Pratibha Singh is at present Lok Sabha member from Mandi, a seat vacated by Virbhadra Singh’s demise.
There are two different contenders in addition to her — present Leader of Opposition Sukhvinder Sukhu, and Mukesh Agnihotri — which is why the get together feared BJP’s “Operation Lotus”, code for PM Narendra Modi’s get together getting MLAs to modify loyalties to topple Opposition events’ governments. The Congress suffered this in Madhya Pradesh not way back.
No surprise the get together is taking cautious steps within the hill state. Party observer Rajeev Shukla instructed reporters that MLAs could also be moved to Chandigarh, 90 km away, “for comfort”, and stated the BJP’s poaching makes an attempt is not going to succeed if the Congress crosses 40, 5 above the bulk mark within the 68-member meeting.
On who will likely be chief minister, Mr Shukla took the acquainted Congress line: “The excessive command will resolve after dialogue with MLAs.”
Sources earlier stated MLAs could also be taken to Rajasthan or Chhattisgarh, the one two states the place the Congress has chief ministers, after a pitstop in Chandigarh, if the margin remained slender. But the get together later denied any such plan.
Mr Shukla stated a gathering of MLAs could also be referred to as in Chandigarh “as a result of individuals from all areas can simply attain there”. Two different observers — Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Haryana chief Bhupinder Hooda — are reaching Chandigarh too.
Many successful candidates already gathered at Pratibha Singh’s residence in Shimla, Holy Lodge, the centre of Congress actions for the reason that time of her late husband Virbhadra Singh, the state’s tallest Congress chief till his demise final 12 months.
Congress in-charge Tajinder Singh Bittu stated earlier at present, “We are taking our leaders to Chandigarh and shutting our doorways and home windows because the BJP will attempt to poach, as they’ve executed many occasions up to now.”
Himachal is important to giving the Congress some confidence as at present it misplaced badly in PM Modi’s residence state Gujarat.