News Nation Bureau , Edited By: Nihar Saxena , Updated on: 09 Dec 2022, 04:59:20 PM
Being the wife of Virbhadra Singh, Pratibha Singh is also a contender. (Photo Credit: News Nation)
- 24 hours have not passed since Himachal election results came and Congress started arguing over who will be the CM
- Currently there are three contenders ahead… Pratibha Singh, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and Mukesh Agnihotri.
- Pratibha Singh’s supporters showed their strength by demanding that she be made the CM.
Keeping the tradition, the voters of Himachal Pradesh have again handed over the power to the Congress. It is a different matter that within 24 hours of the announcement of the election results, the ruckus has started regarding who will become the Chief Minister of the state. The name of the next chief minister will be decided in the Congress Legislature Party meeting. Supervisors Bhupesh Baghel and Bhupendra Hooda have reached along with in-charge Rajeev Shukla for this meeting to be held in Shimla. In front of Bhupesh Baghel’s convoy, supporters of State President Pratibha Singh raised slogans. Here, former Congress state president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and Congress Legislature Party leader in the assembly Mukesh Agnihotri have issued a statement on the CM face expressing that the selection of the next chief minister is not going to be easy for the high command. It is worth mentioning that after the defeat in the Himachal elections, the outgoing Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had given a warning advice to the Congress that it is his responsibility to protect the elected MLAs. However, Pratibha Singh had said in a statement on Thursday evening that there is no factionalism in the party. All will obey the decision of the high command.
Congress high command cannot ignore Virbhadra Singh’s family: Pratibha Singh
Pratibha Singh, MP from Mandi, wife of former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, did not contest the assembly elections, but campaigned extensively in all the seats. On Friday, supporters raised slogans by stopping the car of supervisor Bhupesh Baghel to make him the CM. Earlier, Pratibha Singh had attended the meeting along with Rajeev Shukla along with Bhupendra Hooda and Bhupesh Baghel. It was decided that the name of the next Chief Minister would be decided in the Legislature Party meeting. However, from the statement given by Pratibha Singh after the meeting, her attitude is being understood. He said, ‘They (Congress high command) cannot ignore the family of Virbhadra Singh. We have won the election on his name, work and face. It may not happen that you name them. Give credit to someone else using face and family. Congress high command will not do this. Only after this the supporters of Pratibha Singh raised slogans in her favor while demonstrating their strength in front of the Congress in-charge and supervisors.
“They can’t neglect his (Virbhadra Singh) family. We won on his name, face & work. It can’t be that you use his name, face & family & give credit to someone else. High Command won’t do this,” says HP Cong chief Pratibha Singh ahead of Legislative Party meet#HimachalElection2022 pic.twitter.com/PmxkjJ2ymD
— ANI (@ANI) December 9, 2022
Also read: Gujarat Election: Turning point of Gujarat victory, this is how Narendra Modi won
The attitude of former Congress President SS Sukhu is also different
Here in Himachal Pradesh, the attitude of Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, who is considered as the former Congress President and CM face contender, is also looking different. He told the news agency ANI, ‘We were being asked before also under whose leadership the Congress is contesting the elections. Even then I had clearly said that the Congress is contesting the Himachal Pradesh elections under a collective leadership. For us, the ideology of Congress is first and post later. Even then I had talked about becoming the Chief Minister of the Congress. Now it will be decided by the high command by choosing one of the MLAs who have won the elections. This statement of SS Sukhu is sufficient that he does not accept the claim of Pratibha Singh as the next CM of Himachal Pradesh.
#WATCH , Himachal Pradesh: State Congress chief Pratibha Singh’s supporters gathered outside Oberoi Cecil hotel in Shimla showcasing their support to her while stopping Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel’s carcade. pic.twitter.com/jzGV2MmUud
— ANI (@ANI) December 9, 2022
Read also: Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2022 Himachal Results: Half of the population voted equally, yet only one woman MLA
Congress Legislature Party leader Mukash is also keeping pace
Apart from Pratibha Singh and Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Congress Legislature Party leader Mukesh Agnihotri is also vying for the post of CM. The logic is that five years ago, while making the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Rahul Gandhi had said, ‘You have been made the leader of the Legislature Party, now you have to win. Rahulji had given me the responsibility of winning the assembly elections and I have completed the mission. Along with this, Mukesh Agnihotri did not forget to say that the decision of the next CM will be taken by the Congress high command and there is no factionalism regarding the post. The decision of the High Command will be binding on all. Obviously there are three contenders and all have their own arguments to become the next CM. In such a situation, the meeting of the Congress MLAs will be a ruckus, but it has been decided from these statements that the big uproar will reach the threshold of the Congress high command.
First Published : 09 Dec 2022, 04:52:05 PM
For all the Latest India News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For More information on National News Simply update to our 6TV News Hub.