DAINIK NATION BUREAU
The Congress on Wednesday announced its first list of 59 candidates including incumbent CM virbhadra singh given ticket from Arki seat in solan district for the upcoming himachal Pradesh assembly election scheduled on November 9.
After a marathon meeting of the congress central election committee led by party president Sonia Gandhi, the list was declared by the party. Remaining nine seats candidate will be announced later.
As per the media reports, CM Singh had expressed his desire to contest the election from a seat which congress has not won in previous poll. Following on it, Arki in solar district won by the BJP for the last two assembly election
State Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu has been fielded from the Nadaun seat, which the latter had unsuccessfully contested in the previous election to the 68-member Assembly.
The Chief Minister’s son, Vikramaditya’s name did not figure in the first list. Two days ago Singh had said that Vikramaditya will contest from his Shimla (Rural) seat.
Late Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh’s son, Aditya Vikram, is in the race from Banjar constituency. Singh passed away in May this year.
The Congress has fielded all its senior state leaders for the election. Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur will contest the election from Dehra Assembly segment, which she had lost in 2012.
Other senior leaders, including AICC secretary Asha Kumari, Kaul Singh Thakur, G S Bali, Mukesh Agnihotri and Gangu Ram Musafir, will contest from Dalhousie, Darang, Nagrota, Haroli and Pachchad, respectively.
The Congress has not declared candidates for the remaining nine Assembly constituencies given there are many aspirants, party sources said. The seats include Kullu, Palampur, Mandi and Theog.
Party veteran Vidya Stokes was supposed to contest from Theog. But Stokes announced quitting politics today.
Assembly Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail is currently representing Palampur seat.
Former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s son Anil is currently representing Mandi. But he has quit the party and joined the BJP, which has already fielded him from the same seat
|Constituency No.||Name of constituency||Name of candidate|
|1||Churah – SC||Surinder Bhardwaj|
|2||Bharmour – ST||Thakur singh Bharmouri|
|4||Dalhousie||Smt. Asha Kumari|
|5||Bhattiyat||Kuldip Singh Pathania|
|7||Indora – SC||Kamal Kishore|
|8||Fatehpur||Sujan Singh Pathania|
|10||Dehra||Ms. Viplov Thakur|
|13||Jaisinghpur – SC||Yadvinder Goma|
|20||Baijnath – SC||Kishori Lal|
|21||Lahaul & Spiti – ST||Ravi Thakur|
|24||Banjar||Aditya Vikram Singh|
|25||Anni – SC||Bansi Lal|
|26||Karsog – SC||Mansa Ram|
|27||Sundernagar||Sohan Lal Thakur|
|28||Nachan – SC||Lal Singh Kaushal|
|29||Seraj||Chet Ram Thakur|
|30||Darang||Kaul Singh Thakur|
|31||Jogindernagar||Jiwan Lal Thakur|
|34||Balh – SC||Prakash Chaudhary|
|36||Bhoranj – SC||Suresh Kumar|
|39||Barsar||Inder Dutt Lakhanpal|
|40||Nadaun||Sukhvider Singh Sukhhu|
|41||Chintpurni – SC||Kuldip Kumar|
|44||Una||Sat Pal Raizada|
|46||Jhanduta – SC||Dr. Biru Ram Kishore|
|49||Sri Naina Deviji||Ram Lal Thakur|
|53||Solan – SC||Col. Dhani Ram Shandil|
|54||Kasauli – SC||Vinod Sultanpuri|
|55||Pachhad – SC||Gangu Ram Musafir|
|57||Sri Renukaji – SC||Vinay Kumar|
|58||Paonta Sahib||Kirnesh Jung|
|63||Shimla||Harbhajan Singh Bhajji|
|65||Jubbal- Kotkhai||Rohit Thakur|
|66||Rampur – SC||Nand Lal|
|67||Rohru – SC||Mohan Lal Brakta|
|68||Kinnaur – ST||Jagat Singh Negi|