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Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal switches constituency before elections

Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal switches constituency before elections

BJP leader Pramod Sharma will contest from Shimla Rural which is now held by Virbhadra Singh.

The chief minister's son, Vikramaditya Singh, is a strong contender for the Shimla (rural) seat.

The chief minister's son, Vikramaditya's name did not figure in the first list. Congress rebel Pramod Sharma, who too had joined the BJP, has been fielded from Shimla (Rural). He was earlier a minister in the Virbhadra Singh government. Virbhadra Singh had offered to contest from here if Stokes remains adamant not to contest. He lost the 2012 assembly polls to BJP's Vijay Agnihotri by a margin of 6750 votes.

Asked about the presence of a "Modi wave" in the state, chief minister said that when the "Modi wave is not working in Gujarat..." BJP released its final list of candidates for all the 68 seats in the state on Wednesday. With Shanta and Dhumal being rivals, Dhumal suggested the name of state Mahila Morcha president Indu Goswami as the candidate from Palampur, sources said.

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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. Among the other woman candidates is Shraveen Chaudahry, a two-time Cabinet minister who is an OBC community.

Close on the heels of the BJP announcing its list for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017, the Congress released a list of 59 candidates.

Rakesh Verma has been nominated from Theog, a seat represented by Congress veteran Vidya Stokes for the last eight terms. The last date for filing nominations is October 23. Congress will be announcing the official list at the earliest.

The list included numerous party's known leaders and minsiters Kaul Singh Thakur, G S Bali, Mukesh Agnihotri, Sudhir Sharma, Prakash Chaudhary, Sujan Singh Pathania, Col Dhani Ram Shandil and Thakur Singh Bharmauri, Viplov Thakur, Gangu Ram Musafir, Asha Kumari and Chander Kumar.


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