Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Tuesday announced Prem Kumar Dhumal as its chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly polls. BJP president Amit Shah named the former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dhumal in a rally in Solan.
‘Prem Kumar Dhumal will once again make a wonderful Chief Minister, ’ PM Narendra Modi said after the BJP leader was named as CM candidate of Himachal Pradesh.
“The BJP is going to fight the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls under the leadership of Prem Kumar Dhumal…Dhumal is currently a former CM but after December 18, he will be the new chief minister of the state,” Shah said.
The assembly poll is scheduled on November 9 and results will be declared on December 18.
Union minister J P Nadda was seen as one of the contenders but Dhumal’s mass connect in the hill state seems to have tipped the scale in his favour.
The BJP Central Election Committee finalised the party’s candidate in a meeting in Delhi. The committee comprised of top leaders including party president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In 2012, BJP lost to Congress in the assembly polls, and Virbhadra Singh took over as the Chief Minister of the state.
Earlier this year, BJP won the Shimla Municipal Elections by securing 17 out of 34 seats.