HP polls: ‘Seventh time’ CM, Virbhadra Singh dares BJP to name their candidate

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Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh with son Vikrmaditya in Shimla.

Shimla: Two days after having being declared as party ‘s Chief Ministerial candidate by Congress President Rahul Gandhi,who pitched him as seventh term prospective CM, Virbhadra Singh on October 9 dared principal opponent party – BJP to name its Chief Minister’s face against him.
He also announced his plan to contest the assembly poll but said his options are open for choice of constituency and said that could contest from anywhere other than Shimla (Urban). Till now Virbhadra Singh had been exerting his pressure on the high command to give him party’s poll charge, saying he will not contest the polls otherwise.
After Rahul Gandhi cleared the air on his future, Virbhadra Singh on October 9 sounded as a much changed man shunning his bitterness against the party and also PCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu after both shared the stage at the Mandi rally. The Chief Minister claimed that after Rahul Gandhi’s announcement ,the congress cadres are happy and determined to help him in proving his capability by winning the poll.
Virbhadra said he will lead the Congress to a comfortable victory and that it is going to be a historic win for him. “Congress will win 45 seats or even more .We will be forming the government. Our slogan is Mission Repeat 2017. There is no infighting in the congress. The party is fully united and ready for the polls,” he said on his first interaction with media, after Rahul Gandhi ‘s rally at Mandi.
The BJP has still not projected any leader for the polls though the speculation is rife that the choice is between two time CHIEF MINISTER Prem Kumar Dhumal and union Health Minister J. P. Nadda. Virbhadra Singh said, “ The ball is in the BJP ‘s court to name its chief Ministerial candidate. People should know before the poll as what kind of leaders the BJP wants to project in the state or who is going to be their leader?”

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