Prem Kumar Dhumal named BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Himachal Pradesh elections


"I am saying this now that Dhumalji is right now former chief minister, but after December 18 he is going to become the chief minister".

The BJP in Himachal Pradesh got a shot in the arm on Tuesday after party president Amit Shah declared former chief Prem Kumar Dhumal as its chief ministerial candidate. The sources said the leadership wanted to shift Nadda to the state after the polls if the BJP registers a resounding victory.

Himachal will vote on November 9, and Gujarat in two phases on December 9 and 14.

Shah announced Dhumal's name while addressing a rally in Rajgarh area of Pachhad assembly constituency in Sirmaur district. In the whole country, the BJP is fighting under the leadership of Modiji. Dhumal, tweeted, "Dhumal Ji is among our senior-most leaders with rich administrative experience in Himachal".

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But if you want to hear under whose leadership the BJP is contesting in Himachal, then I want to make it clear today. Speaking at the event, BJP Chief Amit Shah says that after 18 December Prem Kumar Dhumal will be the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. "Congress high command se dulha mangta tha, dulha BJP walo ne de diya hai (The Congress wanted a bride, the BJP's given one)". There had been talks of announcing Union Health Minister J P Nadda as the chief minister in case the BJP is victorious in the upcoming elections.

He also mocked congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for demanding a report card of three years of Modi government. "Rahul asks Modi that what they have done in three years". While Virbhadra is the sitting Congress chief minister, Dhumal was the chief minister twice and is credited for expanding party's base in the hill state.

The Congress government in Himachal is neither competent nor capable of ensuring development and the party should be wiped out from the state, he further added.