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AAP to contest all 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh

by | Mar 12, 2022 | India

After the landslide victory in Punjab, an emboldened AAP has announced that it will context all seats in Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections likely to be held in November.
AAP to contest all seats in HP

Shimla: The tremors of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) victory in Punjab have started reverberating  politics in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, which goes to polls in November-December this year. 

According to sources, as many as 22 senior Congress and nine Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including sitting and former legislators, from Himachal Pradesh are mulling over the idea of join the AAP after it’s landslide victory in Punjab. 

The sources said the Congress would be a major loser as many senior leaders are unhappy with AICC in-charge Rajiv Shukla’s style of functioning. 

Some of them have repeatedly flagged Shukla’s proximity to union minister Anurag Thakur and home minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah as all of them are associated with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). 

At a recent meeting, some disgruntled Congress leaders alleged that Shukla conveys vital inner party information and communication to Thakur. 

They further alleged that Shukla holds party meetings in five star hotels and travels in helicopters.

These leaders cited an example of the recent Shimla municipal elections the strategy for which was chalked out in a five-star hotel in Chandigarh. 

“He is a high flying AICC in-charge the Congress party ever had in Himachal Pradesh,” a party leader said on the condition of anonymity. 

The Congress is totally cut off from the masses in Mandi and Kangra districts and it’s functionaries are not happy with present set-up, added another leader. 

A section of the Himachal Congress leaders are also upset at reports suggesting that some BJP imports are going to be appointed on key party posts, including working presidents, ahead of the elections at the cost of loyalists. 

There is also a buzz that a legislator who hails from an area bordering Punjab is being considered for the Himachal Congress president’s post. 

The sources said several senior BJP leaders, who lost the 2017 assembly elections, are upset with chief minister Jairam Thakur for sidelining them and promoting only his close people in the party such as businessman Munish Sharma from Kangra. 

The AAP’s victory in Punjab is bound to cause ripples in Himachal politics in the coming days. Watch this space for all the political developments in the hill state. AA

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