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Dhumal to be BJP's CM candidate in Himachal

01 November 2017

PK Dhumal is just 2 years short of the party's unofficial age bar, 75.

The Congress government in Himachal Pradesh is neither competent nor capable of ensuring development and the party should be wiped out from the state, BJP president Amit Shah said addressing a series of election rallies.

The name of Prof.

Amit Shah went on slam the Virbhadra Singh government in Himachal Pradesh and said corruption has become synonymous with the Congress.

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A former CM and a Thakur, Prof.

Former chief minister Dhumal will contest election from Sujanpur, according to reports. Thakurs, who constitute about 35 per cent of the population, are the largest caste group in Himachal, followed by Dalits (25 per cent), Brahmins (15 per cent) and OBCs (12 per cent).

Himachal Pradesh with 68 Assembly seats will be polling on November 9.

"Vibhadra ji, the BJP is going to fight under Dhumalji's leadership in Himachal". He will once again make a wonderful CM. But with this announcement, the battle in Himachal Pradesh has become a direct fight between two of the tallest leaders on either side of the political spectrum.

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Even before the list of candidates was made public, Dhumal, on his part, was assertive by projecting himself as the rightful contender to the post more than Nadda, who appeared to have the blessings of the BJP leadership.

Another BJP functionary said the extra time which the Bihar unit has got would be used to strengthen the party's organisational set-up at the ground level, which has been the main emphasis of the party's central leadership.

Most of the candidates fielded by the BJP are considered to be close to Prof.

Amit Shah is campaigning in the state for five days and address rallies at Toki in Indora and Rajgarh in Pachhad on 31 October and in Seraj and Hamirpur on 1 November.

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Dhumal to be BJP's CM candidate in Himachal