Prem Kumar Dhumal is BJP’s CM candidate in Himachal Pradesh
Prem Kumar Dhumal will be the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate from Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has announced. Dhumal's name as the CM candidate for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections was announced by BJP's national president Amit Shah.
He will be up against Virabhadra Singh of the Congress. 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.
Dhumal became vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in 1982. In 1984, he was selected as the candidate for the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency when the sitting Member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (MLA), and state stalwart Jagdev Chand, refused to stand. Dhumal lost that election, won in 1989 and 1991, and lost the seat to Vikram Singh Katoch in 1996.