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HP Polls: Congress releases list of 59 candidates

20 October 2017

The election for the Congress would be led by Singh himself.

On the waitlist are Vikramaditya, Virbhadra's son, who is keen to contest from Shimla Rural - the seat represented by his father in the outgoing assembly.

Narendra Thakur will be the BJP candidate from Hamirpur, Suresh Bhardwaj from Shimla, Pramod Sharma from Shimla Rural and DS Thakur from Dalhousie.

The BJP has fielded six women in this elections, polling for which will take place on November 9 while the results will be declared on December 18.

A day ahead of Congress central election committee meet, the leaders engaged in hectic lobbying to get upper hand in ticket distribution.

Rana in 2012 won the assembly elections from this seat as an Independent and later joined the Congress.

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Though the initial list of candidates didn't figure the name of Singh's son Vikramaditya Singh for whome he had vacated his constituency, Shimla (Rural). Being a senior leader, party insiders claim that he has been included in the list ruling out possibility of any confusion about who will be the party's chief ministerial candidate. According to BJP sources, a thumping victory could pitchfork Union Minister J P Nadda to the front, while a win close to the victory margin could favour the old warhorse Prem Kumar Dhumal.

Maheshwar Singh, who merged his Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) with BJP has been fielded from Chopal.

The filing of nomination is scheduled to begin on October 16 and conclude on October 23.

Virbhadra Singh has been fielded by the Congress from Arki while state party chief Sukhhu from Nadaun and former state party chief Viplova Thakur, a Rajya Sabha member, from Dehra.

Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti are among the party candidates, a list for which was announced on Wednesday, for the state Assembly polls. Congress will be announcing the official list at the earliest.

HP Polls: Congress releases list of 59 candidates