Here's why Pratibha Singh has been overlooked by Congress for Himachal Pradesh CM Post

New Delhi: Congress showed it during the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections great respect for the legacy of that it former six time head ministerLate Virbhadra Singh. Not only made His widow, Pratibha Singh, the head of the state unit before polling, however also gave a ticket for him sonVikramaditya Singh. However, after the election that party won smoothly, by filling 40 of state 68 seats, and party She did not join Ma Pratibha and she followers wanted – to be made President minister.

to choose instead Self-made politician and former State Congress President Sukhwinder Singh Sukho, who won Elections we blog. He considers Sukhu a close friend of Gandhi family, especially Rahul Gandhi. The party, however, has absorbed a loyalist of Virbhadra Singh familyMukesh Agnihotri, Vice President minister.

Although Congress did not spell out the reasons for Sukhu’s choice over pratibha, one It seems that the main factor was she also member of Parliament from the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency, and he had only won the seat in A by-election followed by the husbands demise last year.

a look at history of The mandi seat reveals its presence often changed between Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. In such a scenario, the top leadership of Congress, which took The decision on Make Sukhu next president ministerit will not be wanted Another by-election for this seat is in Lok Sabha soon.

Pratibha was no Virbhadra when it came to politics battles

Also, despite riding a strong wave of sympathy after the death of ‘Raja Sahab’ Virbhadra, only Pratibha managed to win by a small edge of 8766 votes in 2021. Although it did also won the seat in 2009 and 2013, that was it in At a time when Congress was ruling at the center and Narendra Modi was not at the helm of Bharatiya Janata Party.

In 2014, Ram Swarup Sharma of The BJP defeated Pratibha with a score of 39,856 votes. In 2019, Sharma retained the seat, this time beating Ashray Sharma of Congress before over four lakh votes. saffron party It swept all four Lok Sabha seats in Himachal Pradesh – Mandi, Kangra, Hamirpur & Shimla (SC) – in Both the 2014 and 2019 elections

If the Congress endorsed Pratibha’s nomination as President ministerIt had to face Another by-election for the Mandi Lok Sabha seat in a short while of time. Since the result was not her made no effect on Continuation of government At the center, Congress may not have done so want Another contest in the state; Backfire would have taken the gloss away from win in Association surveys.

Congress MLA Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu (to be next CM), Rajiv Shukla, Congress Officer Himachal Pradesh, and Congress State President Pratibha Singh, party senior Leader Bhupinder Hooda and others with State Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlkar, at the Governor’s House in Shimla, Saturday 10th December 2022. Photo: PTI

Bharatiya Janata won 12 seats, Congress only five in soggy

This side would weigh on brains of Conference leaders especially because party He wasn’t doing well in Mandi Lok Sabha region in Assembly elections.

In 17 assembly seats falls in Mandi Lok Sabha Constituency, BJP won 12 while Congress got only five. Given the general average drawn of 40 seats wonConference should They ideally score at least 10 in soggy. But the party’s toll in Pratibha’s Lok Sabha seat was very short of that.

The seats that Congress won They were Kinnur, Lahaul, Spiti, Manali, Kullu and Rampur. saffron party won All others – Bharmur, Banjar, Ani, Karsog, Sundernagar, Nashan, Siraj, Darang, Jogindernagar, Mandi, Bal and Sarkaghat.

BJP polled over 87,000 votes more from Congress in Pratibha constituency

another side of this is result From Mandy that may have helped the congressional high command make a quick decision decision on that it next president minister Maybe fact It while across the state polled Congress more votes from the Bharatiya Janata Party, in 17 aggregation falls under the Mandi Lok Sabha seat which has less than the BJP. in factBJP fringe of lead in These seats were approximately 10 times more From the sidelines that Pratibha had won Her election in 2019.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party polled a total of 4,94,019 votes in 17 seats in the Assembly, and the number of seats in Congress reached 406,934 votes. So, the BJP has a score of 87,085 votes more from Congress in Assembly seats fall in Mandi Lok Sabha region. And it was hard for Congress to cover this gap in (a) By-election.

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