Shimla: Suspense over the selection of Himachal Pradesh chief minister was over Saturday night after the Congress Legislature Occasion put its stamp on the identify of Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, a four-time MLA from Nadaun in Hamirpur district was introduced by central observers. The identify of Mukesh Agnihotri, a five-time MLA, and chief of the opposition within the outgoing meeting was accredited for the submit of deputy CM.
Earlier than the CLP assembly that passed off within the Vidhan Sabha, the Congress’ central observers Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and former Haryana CM Bhupendra Hooda together with Himachal in-charge Rajiv Shukla met Sukhu, Agnihotri, and Pratibha Singh.
Instantly after the CLP assembly, Sukhu and Agnihotri known as on Governor Rajinder Arlekar and staked a declare to kind the federal government.
The swearing-in ceremony will happen on the historic Ridge at 1.30 PM Sunday.
Slogan-Shouting By Pratibha Singh’s Supporters
A excessive drama preceded the announcement of the brand new CM as archrivals Sukhu and Pratibha Singh have been adamant and the central observers had a tough time arriving at a consensus.
Supporters of Pratibha Singh raised slogans exterior the resort the place the observers have been holding consultations and even blocked its gate. They have been demanding that Pratibha Singh be made the CM and the legacy of six-time CM Virbhadra Singh not be ignored. Additionally they raised slogans in opposition to the occasion’s excessive command.
The protesters left the assembly after the observers and Pratibha Singh headed for the Vidhan Sabha, the venue of the CLP assembly. Inside minutes, the supporters of Pratibha Singh additionally reached the Vidhan Sabha complicated and continued with their slogan shouting.
Whereas Sukhu expressed his gratitude to the Gandhi household for reposing belief in him, a visibly upset Pratibha Singh stated she accepts the choice of the excessive command.
Pratibha Singh repeatedly asserted that the election was received within the identify of Virbhadra Singh and that his legacy should not be ignored. She stated she had toured the complete state throughout the elections and addressed conferences in all of the constituencies.
The infighting within the occasion got here to the fore after the outcomes have been declared and the race for management heated up. Intense lobbying for the highest submit continued even after the CLP handed a decision, authorising AICC president Malikarjun Kharge to call the chief.
Sukhu Calls On Outgoing BJP CM Jairam Thakur.
Instantly after the CLP assembly, Sukhu asserted that the Congress was united and can kind a secure authorities and that moreover the 40 MLAs within the 68-member Home, three independents have additionally prolonged help to the federal government.
Sukhu stated his authorities would implement all the guarantees made by the occasion, and sought the help of all. He additionally known as on outgoing chief minister Jairam Thakur after assembly the governor.
Sukhu would be the second chief minister from Hamirpur district within the decrease hills of Himachal and the primary Congress CM from merged areas. The primary was veteran BJP chief Prem Kumar Dhumal, who served as CM twice.
All of the previous Congress chief ministers have been from outdated Himachal — Dr YS Parmar was from the backward Sirmaur district, whereas Thakur Ram Lal was from the Shimla district. Two-time BJP chief minister Shanta Kumar was from the biggest Kangra district with 15 Meeting seats.
The Congress received 4 out of 5 seats in Hamirpur district and one seat was bagged by an unbiased whereas the BJP drew a clean within the occasion’s stronghold and residential district of Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son, Union Data and Broadcasting minister, Anurag Thakur.
In the meantime, the infighting in Congress is drawing flak from the general public and social media is abuzz with posts asking the occasion leaders to cease infighting, work for the folks and implement the ballot guarantees.