RS seat: Anand Sharma may seek re-election out of HP
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 18:40
Shimla: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, whose tenure as Rajya Sabha member from Himachal Pradesh is ending in April, may have to seek re-election from some other state as Congress does not have the required strength in the state assembly.

"Congress does not have the required strength in the assembly to send Sharma to the Rajya Sabha again," state Congress chief Kaul Singh Thakur told reporters here, adding the party high command would decide from where to send him to the upper house.

The poll to 15 Rajya Sabha seats, including one from HP, is scheduled for March 26.

In the 68-member HP assembly, strength of 35 MLAs is required for election to Rajya Sabha, whereas opposition Congress has only 23 MLAs.

Sharma is an important leader of the party and many states would be happy to make him its representative in the upper house of Parliament, Thakur said.

Sources in the Congress, however, said Sharma, in all probability, would find the route to the Rajya Sabha from Haryana, where his family originally belongs to.

The Union Minister's forefather hailed from Dadri in Haryana but he was born and brought up in Shimla, where his father was a state government officer. He plunged into student politics from HP university and later became NSUI national general secretary and Youth Congress president of HP.

Sharma served as Rajya Sabha member from HP in 1984-1990, and 2004, which ends on April 2, 2010.


First Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 18:40

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