Kumarsain BJP unit backs party candidates

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Shimla, Dec 5 (UNI) Following tough stand by the Himachal Pradesh BJP against rebels in the state Assembly elections, its party unit in the Kumarsain constituency today announced their decision to take back their resignations and resolved to back its official candidate in the interest of the party.

Addressing a joint press conference here, party's official candidate Bhagat Ram Chauhan and ticket aspirant Sandeepani Bhardwaj here said they had decided to end the impasse following directions from the party high command.

The entire party unit from the Kumarsain constituency had put in their papers from the primary membership of the BJP following its decision to nominate Mr Chauhan as its candidate, saying the party had ignored the claims of ardent party activists.

Mr Bhardwaj and Mr Chauhan said following their discussions with the party high command, the members who had resigned from the primary membership of the party, had taken back their resignation and resolved to extend support to the party's official candidate.

Launching a scathing attack on Congress candidate and state Power Minister Vidya Stokes and rebel Congress leader Pramod Sharma from the constituency, they said both of them had promised to bring about a sea change in the constituency but had failed to deliver.

While Ms Stokes did not spend even seven hours in the entire constituency during the last four and half years and would not be able to name all the 52 panchayats, Mr Sharma had mislead the local youth on the promise of providing jobs to them, they claimed.

The BJP leaders said while Mr Sharma's wife had been appointed as SDO, sister, state's Advocate General and brother-in-law standing counsel of five departments, the youth of the area were yet to hear from him after four and half years.

Asserting that the party would inflict a defeat on Ms Stokes, who they claimed was seeking votes on the plank that she would be the state's next chief minister, they said there was an undercurrent against the Congress party, which had not yet realised it.

The BJP would comfortably form the next state government, they added.


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