Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election: Chose Arki As Congress Hasn’t Won From it in Past 4 Years, Says Virbhadra Singh
Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh), October 22: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that he has chosen to contest from Arki constituency in the upcoming Assembly election as the Congress has not won from the seat in the last four years.
“I have chosen a tough seat for myself. Congress has not won from Arki in the past four years,” Virbhadra Singh said and added that the Congress Party will reclaim victory in Himachal Pradesh. Also read: Congress Releases First List of 59 Candidates For Himachal Polls
He dismissed rumours of him being unsure of winning the Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll. This is for the fourth time that the 83-year-old Congress leader has shifted his constituency. He had contested from Jubbal and Kotkhai in 1983 and 1985, Rohroo in 1990, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2007, and shifted to Shimla Rural in 2012 after the Rohroo seat was reserved for Schedule Caste.
The Chief Minister also rejected allegations made by former Congress leader Sukh Ram that Singh hid cash at his home. “Does Congress Party lack bank accounts that it will keep its money with Sukh Ram?” Singh asked.
Sukh Ram recently switched loyalty after his son Anil Sharma left Congress to join Bharatiya Janata Party.
Voting for the 68-member Assembly will be held on November 9 and the result will be declared on December 18.
The total number of registered voters in the state was 49,13,888.
Himachal Pradesh will be the second state after Goa with 100 per cent VVPAT (paper trail of votes) coverage. The paper trail machines will be deployed along with EVMs in all the 7,521 polling stations.
With inputs from Agencies