Confusion in Congress camp over Dharamsala
Sharma was allotted the ticket from Dharamsala, as his constituency Baijnath has been reserved for a SC candidate. He is son of veteran Congress leader late Sant Ram.
The PCC office, in the afternoon, received a communication from the AICC — signed by party national general secretary Oscar Fernandes — about Gaddi being allotted the ticket. Gaddi was being backed by sitting Jodhpur MP Chandresh Kumari. She herself was a contender for the ticket here, but declined at the last stage. Congress’ central election committee had earlier named Sanjay Rattan from Jwalamukhi.
Yet within an hour of the development, Virbhadra — currently campaigning in Chamba and Kangra districts — reportedly got in touch with the party high command, including AICC general secretary Birender Chaudhry, and made it clear that Sharma must be retained from Dharamsala keeping in mind his chances of winning, instead of a green horn like Gaddi.
“Since Virbhadra Singh is in full command of the party’s campaign and himself had got every candidate cleared, his assessment should be given due weightage,” said a senior AICC leader.
Meanwhile, Virbhadra’s brother-in-law Prithivi Sen, whose brother Veer Vikram Sen had resigned from the Kasumpati Block Congress committee protesting against the allottment of ticket
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