Congress Releases First List of 59 Candidates For Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections

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Virbhadra Singh had earlier said he wanted to contest the election from a seat that the Congress had not won in any previous polls.

Dhumal has moved from Hamirpur seat to Sujanpur, also in Hamirpur district, for this election.

The 03 BJP women who will contest the Himachal Pradesh 2017 polls as BJP candidates are Shashi Bala from Rohru, Kamlesh Kumari from Bohranj and Reeta Dhaman from Indora.

The elections will be held on November 9 and results would be announced on December 18.

Rajinder Rana, a local leader, has been fielded from Sujanpur assembly seat from where former chief minister and senior BJP leader P K Dhumal will be in the fray.

SHIMLA: If the BJP's list of candidates for Himachal assembly polls is any indicator, the party's central leadership has gone by the recommendations of its old warhorse and leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal. Dhumal had won by only 9,500 votes from Hamirpur in 2012. Former Union minister Sukh Ram's son Anil is now representing Mandi.

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Summary: BJP has three contenders -Dhumal, Nadda and RSS leader Ajay Jamwal from Joginder nagar -for the chief ministerial post.

BJP has not announced the Chief Ministerial candidate yet and is likely to use the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for the election.

BJP has fielded Rakesh Verma, the son of former top cop of Himachal Pradesh and chairman of HP Public Service Commission, R R Verma which Singh had close personal and family relations.

Late Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh's son, Aditya Vikram, is in the race from Banjar constituency.

Nominations for the elections that began on October 16 are closing on October 23. This is because Union minister and Rajya Sabha MP J.P. Nadda, Dhumal's potential rival for the CM's chair, does not even feature on the list of candidates.

Vijay Jyoti Sen, sister-in-law of CM Virbhadra Singh's wife Pratibha, and former Congress leader Pawan Nayyar have been fielded from Kusumpti and Champa, respectively.

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