Naming Dhumal as CM candidate is BJP's 'political compulsion': Congress
The Congress has dubbed the naming of Prem Kumar Dhumal as the BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Himachal Pradesh as a "political compulsion".
Congress leader Anand Sharma told news agency ANI that Dhumal had been a "miserable failure" when he was the chief minister in the past.
Sharma said that the BJP has realised the Congress is strong on the ground in Himachal Pradesh and that it would be a difficult contest for them.
"I don't think this is going to make any difference. This is political compulsion. They realised that it is a very difficult contest for BJP and Congress party is strong on the ground," he told ANI.
BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday announced Dhumal's name as the CM candidate for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections
Dhumal was the 12th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. He has held the post twice in the past from March 1998 to March 2003 and again from 1 January 2008 to 25 December 2012. He is currently the leader of the opposition in the state.
The Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections are scheduled to be held on November 9 and the results will be declared on December 18.