Rahul Gandhi will meet party office bearers and members of ex- servicemen league after rally on 8 th March at Dharamshala :Sukhu
Congress shall announce all 4 candidates of Himachal before the Rally
Himachal Congress is gearing up for Rahul Gandhi’s election rally to be organized in Police Stadium Dharamshala. Though the party yet to announce the names of the candidates for all the four seats in the state, it is said that it shall be done before the rally. The rally is also be considered as the congress response to Narender Modi’s rally of Sujanpur (Hamir pur). BJP has already cleared candidature of Former NDA Minister Shanta Kumar for Kangra ,BJP Youth Chief cum Cricket mastreo Anuraag Thakur for Hamirpur and Virendra Kashyap for Shimla seats. Sources say that uninion minister Mrs Chandresh will get congress ticket for Kangra and sitting MP Pratibha Singh (CM VirBhadra’s Wife ) fof Mandi constituency. APP has aready fielded BJP reble Dr. Rajan Shushant for Kangra seat. Rajan (BJP MP)was the one who raised figure against his own party’s CM Dhumal against corruption.
Congress’ election committee is likely to meet in Delhi on March 3 to finalize candidates from Himachal. Party sources say that for Hamirpur constituency, industry minister Mukesh Agnihotri is said to be the frontrunner, whereas state unit is backing, Rajinder Rana for Hamirpur . Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, has also refused to spare Agnihotri from the state cabinet, is backing the candidature of Sujanpur MLA Rajinder Singh Rana. For Shimla, the Virbhadra camp is supporting Rohru legislator Mohan Lal Brakta, while the other contender, Vinod Sultanpuri, is using his clout in Delhi to get the ticket.
On the other hand on Friday night, HPCC president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu presided over the meeting of Kangra District Congress Committee (DCC) regarding arrangements for AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Dharamsala rally on March 8. He said Gandhi will also hold a meeting with party office bearers from the block to state level on the same day. “The meeting aims to know the expectations of party workers,” said Sukhu, adding that Gandhi would also meet ex- servicemen. Later, in the evening, Sukhu along with transport minister GS Bali, and urban development minister Sudhir Sharma also inspected the venue of the rally.
Candidates are likely to be finalized before Rahul’s rally. The party is also worried about the sudden change in the weather in the area.
On candidates for the four Lok Sabha seats in the state, Sukhu said the party was likely to finalize names before Rahul Gandhi’s rally. “The situation will be clear in two or three days. We will finalize the candidates within a week, most probably before Gandhi’s rally,” said Sukhu.