October 20, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: The Himachal Pradesh unit of the Indian National Congress (INC) on Wednesday annonced its first list of candidates for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly election, that are scheduled to take place on November 9 and the counting of votes will take place on December 18.
The incumbent Congress has announced names of 59 candidates. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is the party’s candidate for the post again, will contest from the Arki Assembly seat. He has been fielded against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ratan Singh Pal in the constituency, media reports said.
It is reported that state congress chief Sukhwinder Sukhu has been fielded from the Nadaun Assembly seat, which the latter had unsuccessfully contested in the previous election.
The Congress has fielded all its senior state leaders for the election. Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur will contest the election from the Dehra Assembly segment, which she had lost in 2012.
Other senior leaders including AICC secretary Asha Kumari, Kaul Singh Thakur, G S Bali, Mukesh Agnihotri and Gangu Ram Musafir will contest from Dalhousie, Darang, Nagrota, Haroli and Pachchad, respectively, notes NDTV in its report.