Not in race for Himachal CM’s post: Virbhadra
Shimla/Kangra:Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh said today that he was not eyeing the Himachal Pradesh chief minister’s post but categorically told those in the “race” to use their energy and efforts to bring the Congress back to power in the state rather than to hanker for posts. At a party rally organised at Nagrota Bhagwan, the Assembly constituency of former Minister G S Bali in Kangra district, the former CM counseled his party colleagues (without naming PCC President Kaul Singh Thakur ) to put their claims for the chief minister’s post in a steel trunk for the time being and hand-over the keys to AICC General Secretary Mohsina Kidwai.
Kidwai, who is the Congress party’s in-charge for Himachal Pradesh affairs, was present at the rally and had travelled with Virbhadra Singh from Delhi in a special aircraft. Former Himachal minister Chandresh Kumari, who is now a Lok Sabha member from Rajasthan, was also present on the occasion. Thakur’s appointment as PCC president last month is being interpreted in some quarters as his journey to the coveted CM’s slot but Virbhadra Singh, who is the MP from Mandi, is clearly unhappy with the development. Another contender for the chief minister’s post is Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Vidya Stokes, who had lost the battle to Virbhadra Singh in 2003.