Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2017: BJP lacks CM candidates, Congress flouts own 'one-family-one-ticket' rule

The Congress on Monday filed its second list of candidates for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly election, due on 9 November. The Congress, which has been in power in Himachal Pradesh since five years, has now announced candidates for all 68 Assembly seats. The party had originally announced 59 candidates in its first list, and seven constituencies in the second list. There were only two seats for which the incumbent party didn't have a candidate yet—Simla Rural and Mandi—but it announced tickets for these on Monday, the deadline day for filing of nominations.

Meanwhile, the BJP announced all 68 candidates in the same list. The party, which was in power in the hill state from 2007 to 2012, hasn't named a chief ministerial candidate, but it's expected that former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal might be a natural claimant to the chair.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2017: BJP lacks CM candidates, Congress flouts own one-family-one-ticket rule

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According to a report on The Indian Express, the first draft list was prepared on 15 October but was held back after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that at least six women should be included in the list.

"Few names, not heard by many, have been put forward at the last stage and were told to be considered by making amendments in the list earlier cleared by the state election body during its meeting in Chandigarh," the report quoted a party source as saying.

Dhumal and Union Health Minister JP Nadda are both part of the BJP's list of candidates for Himachal Pradesh, and are said to be the two claimants for the chief minster's post. According to Hindustan Times, one of the reasons the BJP is said to have lost the 2012 Assembly election could be the infighting between Nadda and Dhumal.

The report also said that Congress rebels who joined the saffron party in the hill state have been given seats of their choice. These include Anil Sharma, Himachal Pradesh rural development minister, and son of former Union minister Sukhram, who is being fielded from the key Assembly constituency of Mandi.

Meanwhile, for the Congress, a unique dilemma has been over the party's "one-family-one-ticket" rule. Perhaps as a way of deflecting criticism regarding "dynastic politics" the party has often been accused of, the Congress this year had said it will award only one ticket to each family, even if there were multiple claimants seeking candidacies.

According to PTI, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh demanded a ticket for his son and Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Vikramaditya Singh, and publicly declared that the latter will contest from his Simla Rural seat. The chief minister himself moved to the Arki Assembly seat in Solan district.

But while the party declared his candidature from Arki in the first list of candidates, it waited until the last possible minute to finally make up its mind about awarding Vikramaditya the Simla Rural seat.

The party also tried to withhold naming a candidate for Mandi, from where state minister Kaul Singh Thakur's daughter Champa demanded a ticket. Thakur was fielded from Darang.

On Monday, the party defied its "one-family-one-ticket" rule for a second time, by naming Champa as its candidate from Mandi.

Congress was provided a breather in Palampur, after Speaker Bihari Lal Butail vacated his seat and decided not to seek re-election. His son Ashish Butail has been named the party candidate for Palampur. Had both father and son expressed an interest in contesting the polls, the party may have had another uncomfortable choice to make.

Final list of BJP candidates for Himachal Pradesh

AC No. Name of Assembly constituency Name of candidate
1 Churah (SC) Hansraj
2 Bharmour (ST) Jiya Lal Kapoor
3 Chamba Pawan Naiyar
4 Dalhousie D S Thakur
5 Bhattiyat Vikram Singh Jaryal
6 Nurpur Rakesh Pathaniya
7 Indora (SC) Reeta Dhiman
8 Fatehpur Kripal Parmar
9 Jawali Arjun Singh Thakur
10 Dehra Ravindra Singh
11 Jaswan-Pragpur Vikram Singh
12 Jawalamukhi Ramesh Dhavala
13 Jaisingpur (SC) Ravind Dhiman
14 Sullah Vipin Singh Parmar
15 Nagrota Arun Kumar (Kuka)
16 Kangra Sanjay Chaudhary
17 Shahpur Sarvin Chaudhary
18 Dharamshala Kisan Kapoor
19 Palampur Sushree Indu Gauswamy
20 Baijanath (SC) Mulakh Raj Premi
21 Lahaul & Spiti (ST) Dr. Ramlal Markandeya
22 Manali Govind Singh Thakur
23 Banjar Maheshwar Singh
24 Banjar Surendra Shourie
25 Anni (SC) Kishori Lal
26 Karsog (SC) Hira Lal
27 Sundernagar Rakesh Jamwal
28 Nachan (SC) Vinod Kumar
29 Seraj Jai Ram Thakur
30 Darang Jawahar Thakur
31 Jogindernagar Gulab Singh Thakur
32 Dharampur Mahendra Singh Thakur
33 Mandi Anil Sharma
34 Balh (SC) Indra Singh Gandhi
35 Sarkaghat Col. Indra Singh Thakur
36 Bhoranj (SC) Kamlesh Kumari
37 Sujanpur Prem Kumar Dhumal
38 Hamirpur Narendra Thakur
39 Barsar Baldev Sharma
40 Nadaun Vijay Agnihotri
41 Chintpurni (SC) Balbir Singh Chaudhary
42 Gagret Rajesh Thakur
43 Haroli Ram Kumar Sharma
44 Una Satpal Singh Sati
45 Kutlehar Virendra Kuwar
46 Jhanduta (SC) JR Katwal
47 Ghumarwin Rajendra Garg
48 Bilaspur Subhas Thakur
49 Sri Naina Deviji Randheer Sharma
50 Arki Ratan Singh Pal
51 Nalagarh Krishnan Lal Thakur
52 Doon Sardar Paramjeet Singh (Pammi)
53 Solan (SC) Rajesh Kashyap
54 Kasauli (SC) Rajeev Sahjal
55 Pachhad (SC) Suresh Kumar Kashyap
56 Nahan Rajeev Bindal
57 Sri Renukaji (SC) Balbir Chauhan
58 Paonta Sahib Sukhram Chaudhary
59 Shillai Baldev Singh Tomar
60 Chopal Balbir Singh Verma
61 Theog Rakesh Verma
62 Kasumpti Vijay Jyoti Sain
63 Shimla Suresh Bharadwaj
64 Shimla Rural Pramod Sharma
65 Jubbal-Kotkhai Narendra Bargata
66 Rampur (SC) Prem Singh Draik
67 Rohru (SC) Shashi Bala
68 Kinnaur (ST) Tejwant Negi

Final list of Congress candidates for Himachal Pradesh:

AC No. Name of Assembly constituency Name of candidate
1 Churah (SC) Surinder Bharadwaj
2 Bharmour (ST) Thakur Singh Bharmouri
3 Chamba Neeraj Nayyar
4 Dalhousie Asha Kumari
5 Bhattiyat Kuldip Singh Pathania
6 Nurpur Ajay Mahajan
7 Indora (SC) Kamal Kishore
8 Fatehpur Sujan Singh Pathania
9 Jawali Chander Kumar
10 Dehra Viplov Thakur
11 Jaswan-Pragpur Surinder Mankota
12 Jawalamukhi Sanjay Rattan
13 Jaisingpur (SC) Yadvinder Goma
14 Sullah Jagjivan Pal
15 Nagrota GS Bali
16 Kangra Pawan Kajal
17 Shahpur Kewal Singh Pathania
18 Dharamshala Sudhir Sharma
19 Palampur Ashish Butail
20 Baijanath (SC) Kishori Lal
21 Lahaul & Spiti (ST) Ravi Thakur
22 Manali Hari Chand Sharma
23 Banjar Aditya Vikram Singh
24 Kullu  Sudender Singh Thakur
25 Anni (SC)  Paras Ram
26 Karsog (SC)  Mansa Ram
27 Sundernagar  Sohan Lal Thakur
28 Nachan (SC)  Lal Singh Kaushal
29 Seraj  Chet Ram Thakur
30 Darang  Kaul Singh Thakur
31 Jogindernagar  Jiwan Lal Thakur
32 Dharampur  Chandan Shekhar
33 Mandi  Champa Thakur
34 Balh (SC)  Prakash Chaudhary
35 Sarkaghat  Pawan Thakur
36 Bhoranj (SC)  Suresh Kumar
37 Sujanpur  Rajinder Rana
38 Hamirpur  Kuldip Pathania
39 Barsar  Inder Dutt Lakhanpal
40 Nadaun  Sukhwinder Singh
41 Chintpurni (SC)  Kuldip Kumar
42 Gagret  Rakesh Kalia
43 Haroli  Mukesh Agnihotri
44 Una  Sat Pal Raizada
45 Kutlehar  Vivek Sharma
46 Jhanduta (SC)  Biru Ram Kishore
47 Ghumarwin  Rajesh Dharamani
48 Bilaspur  Bumbar Thakur
49 Sri Naina Deviji  Ram Lal Thakur
50 Arki  Virbhadra Singh
51 Nalagarh  Lakhwinder Rana
52 Doon  Ram Kumar
53 Solan (SC)  Dhani Ram Shandil
54 Kasauli (SC)  Vinod Sultanpuri
55 Pachhad (SC)  Gangu Ram Musapuri
56 Nahan  Ajay Solanki
57 Sri Renukaji (SC)  Vinay Kumar
58 Paonta Sahib  Kirnesh Jung
59 Shillai  Harshvardhan Chauhan
60 Chopal  Subhash Manglate
61 Theog  Deepak Rathore
62 Kasumpti  Anirudh Singh
63 Shimla  Harbhajan Singh Bhajji
64 Shimla Rural  Vikramaditya Singh
65 Jubbal-Kotkhai  Rohit Thakur
66 Rampur (SC)  Nand Lal
67 Rohru (SC)  Mohan Lal Brakta
68 Kinnaur (ST)  Jagat Singh Negi

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Updated Date: Oct 24, 2017 15:19:22 IST

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