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BJP high command yet to clear air on Himachal CM

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Faced with confusion after the defeat of its Chief Ministerial face, Prem Kumar Dhumal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may clear the air on the Himachal Pradesh CM in a meeting of MLAs on Sunday.

Central observer, Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar, along with  and party in-charge for HP, Mangal Pandey, are arriving in Shimla to announce the high command’s decision in the meeting.

BJP insiders said although the name of Union minister, Jagat Prakash Nadda from Bilaspur has emerged as a front-runner for the post now, fingers of his supporters are crossed as the names of five-time MLA, Jai Ram Thakur from Mandi and senior party leader, four-time MLA from Shimla, Suresh Bhardwaj are also doing the rounds.

“You never know the considerations before high command. None is confident till the name is announced,” said some BJP men.

However, State BJP chief, Satpal Singh Satti, said the central observers have taken the view of party leaders, core committee and MLAs.

“The core committee members can also attend the meeting to be addressed by party high ups in Peterhoff,” he said.

Sources said during the two-day visit of central observers and party incharge, the supporters of former CM, Prem Kumar Dhumal, who lost the poll, and five-time MLA, Jai Ram Thakur raised loud slogans in favour of their leaders.

Sources said the move to shout slogans to dominate the party meetings at Peterhoff was not taken well by party high ups.