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BJP picks Bimla Kashyap as Rajya Sabha nominee from Himachal

Shimla: Piping four male candidates, BJP on Monday named Bimla Kashyap as the party nominee for the Rajya Sabha seat from Himachal that falls vacant on April 3, when union commerce minister Anand Sharma’s term in the upper house ends.

The BJP central election committee that met at Delhi on Monday with President Nitin Gadkari in the chair decided upon Bimla Kashyap as the party candidate, a BJP party worker said.

Earlier the party had shortlisted five names which included Radha Raman Shastri – a former speaker, Chandermohan Thakur, chairman cooperative bank, Bimla Kashyap – president Mahila Morcha, Ashok Kapahtia – BJP spokesman and retired Lt General HS Kanwar for the lone seat from Himachal.

The panel had been forwarded to the party central election board, which met today and finalised Kashyap as the party candidate.


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