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CM rules out mid-term polls in HP

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Shimla, Oct 26 (UNI) Ruling out any possibility of a mid-term poll in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said his government had another 18-month period before it went to polls.

Talking to reporters here after his two-day tour of New Delhi, he said there was no chance of Himachal going in for a snap poll along with Punjab and other states where elections were due next year.

Mr Singh said All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Sonia Gandhi's rally at Dharamshala in Kangra district had nothing to do with mid-term polls in the state.

''Her visit to the state is a routine affair and nothing much should be made out of it,'' he said.

He said Ms Gandhi had visited Himachal on a number of occasions earlier and would be doing so extensively in the coming year. She would address rallies at Mandi, Kullu, Bilaspur, Sirmour, and Shimla districts of the state.

She had also expressed her desire to visit the tribal districts of Lahaul Spiti, Chamba and Kinnaur, he said, adding that this in no way suggested that the state government was going in for a mid-term poll.

The Chief Minister, however, did not rule out the possibility of expansion of the state cabinet. ''The vacant seat in the Cabinet will be filled up soon.'' Replying to another question whether he would appoint Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPSs) and Parliamentary Secretaries (PSs), Mr Singh said he was not considering any such proposal as of now.

''Before appointing any CPSs and PSs, I will table a Bill in the House for making the rules for their appointment,'' he asserted.

The Himachal Pradesh High Court had earlier stuck down their appointments, saying that there was no provision in the Constitution for their appointment.

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