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CHANDIGARH: Senior Congress leader Vidya Stokes admitted to Fortis Hospital, Mohali, for lung-related ailment.




Cong iffy in Bharmour, Churah happy with BJP

Divided BJP only solace for old warhorse Bharmouri I In Churah, BJP MLA Hans Raj's humility earns him praise21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

KULLU: A tourist was killed when his raft flipped in the Beas near Babeli, 8 km from here, today.

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Bharmour
TS Bharmouri vs Jiya Lal
Despite having enjoyed unbridled power in the last five years as Forest Minister in the Virbhadra regime, Thakur Singh Bharmouri, who represents the Bharmour tribal constituency, could face anti-incumbency and charge of nepotism.

Seventy-year-old Bharmouri had been on the target of the Opposition that blamed him for various scams in the Forest Department. Despite the fact that Bharmouri had enjoyed absolute power, poor condition of roads, poor connectivity of rural areas and lack of health facilities continued to plague his constituency, causing resentment among voters.

A former joint director of the Public Relations Department, Bharmouri is a staunch Virbhadra loyalist and had a complete say in the government. However, with the Forest Department remaining in one controversy or the other, Bharmouri's performance remained questionable.

The BJP has fielded Jiya Lal who lost the last election to Bharmouri. Again it will be a fight between the old rivals. However, Jiya Lal is facing opposition from Tulsi Ram, former BJP MLA and former Speaker of the Himachal Assembly who was denied the ticket in the 2012 polls. 

A young neurosurgeon from Bharmour Dr Janak Pakhrotia, who had quit his government job, too has been active in the field. He has been campaigning in the hope of getting the BJP ticket but now it remains to be seen who he works in favour of. The Congress could gain from the BJP infighting if the party fails to put up a united fight.

Though people are afraid of speaking out for fear of being identified, many of them said these were only a few select people considered close to the minister who had benefited under the current regime. The fact that a handful of contractors and Gram Panchayat Pradhans, close to Bharmouri, got work and grants is another sore point among the Congress workers and voters.

The people said if there was a straight fight in this constituency, the BJP is likely to have an edge. However, if the BJP fails to pacify its rebels, it could be any body's game in Bharmour. Mohlu Ram of Dharwala village said the condition of the road was pitiable. Surjeet, another villager, said non-tribal areas of Bharmour had been ignored in terms of development. 

Churah
Hans Raj vs Surinder Bhardwaj

The Churah constituency is reserved for SC candidates and is currently represented by Hans Raj, a young BJP leader. He will take on former MLA Surinder Bhardwaj,  Congress candidate. It will be a fight between the two old rivals this time. It is rural and the most remote constituency of Chamba district. Most residents are either engaged in farming or animal rearing. The constituency also has a floating population of about 15,000 Gujjars. Despite being in opposition, Hans Raj seems to be popular in the constituency that is dominated by Gaddi tribals and Gujjar voters.

Rattan Chand of Tissa praised the local MLA and said he was always available to the people. He attends the social functions and behaved like a commoner.

The recent communal riots in Tissa were still fresh in the minds of people. The riots led to the polarisation of people along religious lines which seem to be still persisting. 

Cong iffy in Bharmour, Churah happy with BJPA handful of contractors and Gram Panchayat Pradhans, close to Bharmouri, got work and grants is a sore point among voters.
Virbhadra worth Rs 13.68 cr; wife richer, worth Rs16.82 cr

Virbhadra worth Rs 13.68 cr; wife richer, worth Rs16.82 cr

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

SHIMLA: Being one of the richest politicians, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh (83) and his wife Pratibha Singh have movable and immovable assets worth Rs 30.

Arki rolls out red carpet for CM

Arki rolls out red carpet for CM

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

ARKI (SOLAN): After keeping everyone guessing for days together about his electoral turf in the Assembly poll, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today filed his nomination papers amid much fanfare and enthusiasm from Arki, won by the BJP in the last two polls in 2007 and 2012.

BJP’s Kishan Kapoor, Ravi, Pathania file papers

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

DHARAMSALA: Three senior BJP leaders — former minister Kishan Kapoor from Dharamsala, former minister and sitting MLA Ravinder Ravi from Dehra and Rakesh Pathania today filed their nomination papers in Kangra district today.

Kullu scion comes forward from best bet

Kullu scion comes forward from best bet

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

KULLU: Kullu MLA Maheshwar Singh filed his nomination papers from Kullu Sadar today.

Kaul Singh, Jai Ram enter fray in style

Kaul Singh, Jai Ram enter fray in style

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

MANDI: Fourteen candidates filed their nominations today in Mandi district.

Sujan Pathania, Rakesh file papers

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

NURPUR: Eight candidates, including four independents, filed their nomination papers in all four constituencies in lower Kangra district.

Seven in poll arena from Solan, Sirmaur

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

SOLAN: Four candidates from Sirmaur and three from Solan, including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, filed their nominations today amid a show of strength of supporters.

YC chief’s  fate hangs in balance, final list today

YC chief’s fate hangs in balance, final list today

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

NEW DELHI: The fate of Vikramaditya Singh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son, continued to hang in balance today with Congress President Sonia Gandhi yet to take a call on whether to field two candidates of one political family.

Dhumal confident of BJP victory

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

KANGRA: Former Chief Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal today expressed confidence that the BJP will come to power in the state with a massive majority.

Sukh Ram calls Virbhadra Singh a conspirator

Sukh Ram calls Virbhadra Singh a conspirator

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

MANDI: Congress rebel and former Union Telecom Minister Sukh Ram called Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh a conspirator and accused that the money recovered in the CBI raid from his residence was that of the Congress party for election purposes.

Observers appointed for Chamba district

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

DALHOUSIE: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has appointed two expenditure observers and three general observers for the conduct of free and fair elections in five Assembly constituencies of Chamba district listed for November 9.

Congress, BJP face dissidence in Kangra

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

DHARAMSALA: Both the BJP and the Congress are facing dissidence in Kangra Assembly constituency.

Rangila Ram rebels against Congress in Sarkaghat

Rangila Ram rebels against Congress in Sarkaghat

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

MANDI: Disgruntled senior Congress leader Rangila Ram Rao rebelled against the party in Sarkaghat after the high command denied him ticket.

Congress, BJP rebels to contest as independents

Congress, BJP rebels to contest as independents

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

KANGRA: Dr Rajesh Sharma of the Congress was today denied the ticket.

73 jump into poll fray

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

Shimla: A total of 73 candidates filed their nominations for the 68 Assembly constituencies polling for which will take place on November 9.

Suspense on Cong nominee from Kutlehar

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

UNA: Suspense continues for the Congress supporters in Kutlehar segment of Una district, where the party high command has yet to put its seal on the official candidates.

6 hurt as bridge collapses in Chamba

6 hurt as bridge collapses in Chamba

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

CHAMBA: The Parel bridge over the Ravi that links Sarol with the Chamba-Tissa road and the Pathankot-Chamba national highway collapsed on Thursday at 8 am, leaving six persons injured.

Jawali police constable dies in road mishap

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

NURPUR: Satish Kumar (32) of Palora village in Jawali was injured seriously and succumbed to injuries when his Maruti car hit a tree alongside a road near Samlana in Jawali last evening.

Virbhadra Singh files nomination from Arki constituency in Solan

Virbhadra Singh files nomination from Arki constituency in Solan

20 Oct 2017 | 9:36 PM

SHIMLA: Six-time Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday filed his nomination from the Arki Assembly constituency in Solan district for the November 9 state polls.

6 people injured as bridge collapses in Himachal’s Chamba

6 people injured as bridge collapses in Himachal’s Chamba

20 Oct 2017 | 8:50 PM

CHAMBA: Six people were injured after a concrete bridge, linking Chamba town in Himachal with Pathankot in Punjab, collapsed on Thursday due to negligence. The injured have been taken to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and immediate treatment has been given to them.

Virbhadra to file papers on Friday, Dhumal yet to decide

Virbhadra to file papers on Friday, Dhumal yet to decide

20 Oct 2017 | 1:07 PM

SHIMLA: Congress leader Virbhadra Singh will file his nomination papers for the Assembly polls on Friday while Prem Kumar Dhumal is yet to decide a date to file the papers.

Governor, CM greet people on Diwali

19 Oct 2017 | 9:41 AM

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday greeted people on Diwali.

Resentment sweeps across Sundernagar, KarsogConstituency watch: Sundernagar and Karsog

Resentment sweeps across Sundernagar, Karsog

19 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

The main grouse of voters in Sundernagar is that rather than developing Sundernagar as an education hub, the area has become a cement plant region, which has spelt doom in the Slappar, Dehar and Barmana areas, making the life of locals miserable.

HP polls: BJP ticket for 12 new faces; 3 Congress deserters make it too

HP polls: BJP ticket for 12 new faces; 3 Congress deserters make it too

19 Oct 2017 | 2:18 PM

SHIMLA: Finally, the BJP today named candidates for all 68 Assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh. It has dropped four sitting MLAs, brought in 12 new faces and allotted the ticket to six women and three Congress deserters. The Assembly elections are scheduled for November 9.

Congress names 59 candidates; CM from Arki, son on wait list

Congress names 59 candidates; CM from Arki, son on wait list

19 Oct 2017 | 2:17 PM

NEW DELHI: The Congress tonight released the first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal elections with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh all set to contest from the Arki Assembly constituency in Solan district.

BJP leader relieved for speaking against Satti

19 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

UNA: The Una BJP today relieved Dileep ‘Doji’ Prabhakar, president of the Santoshgarh city unit, and also took back the additional responsibility of the district vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.

Denied ticket, Khimi Ram turns rebel

Denied ticket, Khimi Ram turns rebel

19 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

KULLU: Distraught senior BJP leader and former Forest Minister Khimi Ram has decided to contest the elections from the Banjar constituency in Kullu district as an Independent against BJP candidate Surender Shourie.

Nadda in Palampur, pacifies Shanta

Nadda in Palampur, pacifies Shanta

19 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

PALAMPUR: In a damage control exercise, Union Health Minister Jagat Parkash Nadda today air dashed to Palampur to pacify senior BJP leader and MP Shanta Kumar, who was annoyed with the party high command and had publicly expressed his unhappiness over distribution of party tickets for the ensuing Assembly elections in Kangra district.

Resentment in Badsar, Bhoranj BJP units

19 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

HAMIRPUR: Resentment among the BJP workers came to the fore over the allotment of ticket in two constituencies of Badsar and Bhoranj.

BJP reposes faith in Nahan, Pacchad, Shillai MLAs

BJP reposes faith in Nahan, Pacchad, Shillai MLAs

19 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

NAHAN: The BJP has once again reposed faith in its three sitting MLAs in Nahan, Pacchad and Shillai, while opting for senior leaders in two other constituencies of Paonta Sahib and Renuka Ji in the Sirmaur district where it held three of the five seats.

15 candidates file papers

19 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

SHIMLA: As many as 15 candidates filed their nomination papers on Wednesday for the state Assembly elections, which took the total to 20.

Three file nominations in Mandi

19 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

MANDI: Three candidates filed their nominations today in Mandi district.

BJP repeats 4 candidates, one fresh face in Una dist

BJP repeats 4 candidates, one fresh face in Una dist

19 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

UNA: As the BJP high command released the list of party candidates for the Assembly elections today, it laid to rest the prolonged anxious moments for the probables on all the the five seats.

Cong names 59 candidates for HP polls; Virbhadra to contest from Arki

Cong names 59 candidates for HP polls; Virbhadra to contest from Arki

19 Oct 2017 | 1:59 AM

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday announced its first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh being fielded from the Arki constituency in Solan district.

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