Himachal Pradesh: Bragta supporters meet Dhumal to lodge protest, Jaryal sympathizers fume too

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Shimla: Upset with the non-inclusion of former Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta in the newly formed Himachal Pradesh Cabinet despite his seniority, hundreds of his supporters from Jubbal-Kotkhai on Wednesday met former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal at his residence after the swearing-in ceremony.
The supporters apprised Dhumal of their feelings regarding the absence of a representative from the upper-Shimla region, where the BJP has made gradual penetrations in the Congress’ vote bank after Dhumal had become CM in 1998. Bragta was given Cabinet posts by Dhumal twice.
However, with Dhumal losing the assembly elections and the CM post, Bragta has been left out and has found no support. The new CM has preferred Suresh Bhardwaj, the BJP’s Brahmin face, from the district. “Dhumal told Bragta supporters that he will convey their feelings to party high command,” a loyalist said.

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