Khimi Ram re-elected state BJP chief
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 19:31
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh BJP president Khimi Ram was on Wednesday unanimously re-elected state party chief after the central high command gave its nod in a marathon meeting by top leaders at New Delhi Monday night, party sources said here.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari had convened the meeting, that lasted nearly five hours, of state party leaders including Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal when the state core group failed to reach a consensus on any name.

Party central observer Ramnath Gobind, Party incharge Satyapal Jain and co-incharge O P Dhankar and other party leaders were present at the party headquarters, where the election was just a formality.

However, the national vice-president and former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar and two ministers, who had reservations about the continuation of Khimi Ram, were conspicuous by their absence in the meeting.

Kumar was in support of either J P Nadda, state forest minister Khushi Ram Balnata (general secretary of the state unit) for the post of state BJP chief.

The Chief Minister supported Ram, who was nominated by the party high command last year after he resigned from the post of Deputy Speaker when the then party chief Jai Ram Thakur was inducted in the Council of Ministers.


First Published: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 19:31

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