Himachal Pradesh elections 2017: BJP announces Prem Kumar Dhumal as Chief Minister candidate

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prem Kumar Dhumal has been elected as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 23:46 PM IST
Himachal Pradesh elections 2017: BJP announces Prem Kumar Dhumal as Chief Minister candidate
Prem Kumar Dhumal with PM Modi (Source: Twitter)

NEW DELHI: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prem Kumar Dhumal has been elected as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections.

Dhumal, 73, held the Himachal chief minister's chair two times - from March 1998 to March 2003, and again from January 2008 to 25 December 2012. 

Party president Amit Shah announced Dhumal's CM candidature during a public meeting in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

"The BJP is going to fight the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls under the leadership of Prem Kumar Dhumal...Dhumal is currently a former CM but after December 18, he will be the new chief minister of the state," Shah said.

Immediately after, the septuagenarian took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah:

 

Presently, Dhumal holds the designation of Leader of Opposition in the state assembly.

Earlier, union minister J P Nadda was speculated to be the party's chief minister. But Dhumal's mass-connect in the hill state seems to have tipped the scale in his favour.

 

With agency inputs