Virbhadra Singh to return as Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister



Zeenews Bureau

Shimla: Virbhadra Singh will be the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, a senior Congress leader announced here Saturday.

The Congress leadership Saturday evening cleared the name of the five-time chief minister to head the government in the state, party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said here.

The meeting that was held at party headquarters in Shimla in the evening was attended by all 36 newly-elected legislators.

Besides Dwivedi, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and AICC general secretary in charge of Himachal Pradesh Birender Singh attended the meeting.

Sources in the party said more than 20 legislators reposed faith in the leadership of Virbhadra Singh.

Five-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh was the face of the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, the party did not project him as its chief ministerial candidate.

"I don't know who is lobbying for whom. At least I am not lobbying," Virbhadra Singh had earlier told a news agency.

"I always came (as chief minister) through elections. This time too the leader will be elected by the elected members," he said.

Sources in the party said more than 20 legislators reposed faith in the leadership of Virbhadra Singh.

With IANS inputs