Congress party high command had shortlisted three candidates – former state party chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, CPL leader Mukesh Agnihotri, and party leader Rajinder Rana.
Himachal Chief Pratibha Singh wasn’t considered by the Congress party high command for the Chief Minister’s position. Supporters of Pratibha Singh gathered in huge numbers and raised slogans outside Congress headquarters in Shimla.
One of the supporters said that it would be a grave mistake on the high command’s side if she isn’t appointed as Chief Minister.
Minister of Himachal Pradesh
The supporter said, “if Congress has been able to get 40 seats in the state, it is because of the leadership of Rani Pratibha Singh. The post of Chief Minister should only go to someone from the family of Virbhadra Singh. If it doesn’t happen, then it will be a huge mistake on the part of the party’s high command.”
Another supporter said that congress has won under her leadership and she should be given due credit.
Slogans such as “Apni Mukhyamantri kaisi ho… Rani Sahiba jaisi ho” ( Our CM should be like Rani Pratibha Singh) and “1…2…3..4… Holy Lodge Saatvi Baar” (We want a CM from Holy Lodge for the seventh time) were raised outside the Congress headquarters in Shimla.
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu to take oath as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and Mukesh Agnihotri to be Deputy Chief Minister.
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu while addressing the media said that he is grateful to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi for this opportunity. He said that it’s his responsibility to fulfil promises which are made to the people of Himachal by us.
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “I am grateful to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the opportunity. Our government will bring change. It is my responsibility to fulfil the promises we made to the people of Himachal Pradesh. We have to work for the development of the state.”
Congress CLP meeting was underway in Shimla and several leaders like Congress Himachal Pradesh in-charge Rajeev Shukla, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Himachal Congress Chief Pratibha Singh, and others.
BJP slams Congress
BJP’s Amit Malviya said that the family of Veerbhadra Singh has been completely shafted responding to Congress’s finalizing Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu as Chief Minister and Mukesh Agnihotri as Deputy Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.