Central Minister Chandresh Kumari is front runner for Congress ticket at Kangra :Sources
Cabinate Minister of Monmohan Singh Government ,Mrs Chandresh Kumari Katoach is the front runner for Congress Ticket for Kangra Constituency in Himachal. Chandresh ,who is presently the congress MP from Jodhpur (Rajsthan) has won once the Kangra Lok Sabha seat too. The officials of Himachal state Congress office said that her name was not sponsored by state congress committee. But 70 year old lady of the Royal family in Himachal has high and fruitful links in Delhi. Sources confirms her top ranking at Delhi .
Himachal CM VirBhadra Singh is backing the OBC leader and ex MP of the area Chander Kumar for this seat. Here it is worth mentioning that Singh brought back the Congress in Himachal single handed in 2012 elections. Whereas youth congress is sporting RS Bali, son of transport minister GS Bali for congress ticket in Kangra . But Chandresh seems to be a powerful candidate among the high level congress bench of leaders.
Maharani Chandresh Kumari Katoch (born February 1, 1944 Jodhpur ) is an Indian Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, representing Jodhpur. She is sworn in as Cabinet Minister in the Government of India on October 28, 2012, and was given the portfolio of the Ministry of Culture. She is daughter of Maharaja Hanwant Singhof Jodhpur and Maharani Krishna Kumari and is married to Aditya Katoch in 1968, into the royal family of Kangra, in Himachal Pradesh.
Chandresh Kumari Katoch was first become Member, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly,in 1972-77. She becomes the Deputy Minister, in Government of Himachal Pradesh in 1977. She was again elected to state assembly for 1982-84 from Thural in Kangra defeating Santosh of BJP to become Minister of State, Tourism, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh in 1984 (for 9 Months).
Then she was Elected to 8th Lok Sabha from Kangra (Lok Sabha constituency)in 1984 general elections defeating Sarvan Kumar of BJP by almost double votes. Chandresh was elected to Rajya Sabha 1996.
She was the Deputy Chief Whip, Congress Party in Rajya Sabha during 1998-1999
Chandresh was elevated to the post of President, All India Mahila Congress during 1999-03
She was elected as MLA Himachal from Dharamshala defeating Kishan Kapoor of BJP in 2003-07 (third term), and remained Cabinet Minister,Health Govt. of Himachal Pradesh (2003-2004). And lost the seat to Kapoor in 2007. Chandresh than shifted to Johpur her parental area and Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha from Jodhpurin 2009 (2nd term)
Chandresh was given Cabinet Minister status , Ministry of Cultural, Government of Indiain Manmohan Singh’s Ministry in 2012.
BJP is all set to field Top national leader and ex CM Himachal Shanta Kumar from Kangra, Ignoring Dr. Rajan Shushat of the grounds of anti party activities. Sushant won this seat in2009 on BJP Ticket. Sushant meanwhile joine AAP and is likely to fight on AAP ticket.