The Himachal Congress will meet tomorrow to finalize the names of the candidates for the indirect ballot

THE HIMACHAL Congress has called a meeting of the State Election Committee on October 2 to finalize the names of its candidates for the upcoming ballots. The BJP has yet to decide when to do the same.

State Congressman Kuldeep Singh Rathore said party co-leader Sanjay Dutt would be present at this meeting and separate panels for all constituencies would be sent to the party’s high command after the meeting. .

Most of the candidates’ names have already been cleared at the party level as there was no ticket fight this time around, sources said.

Earlier this week, the electoral commission announced that by-elections in the parliamentary constituency of Mandi and three assembly segments of Arki, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Fatehpur in Himachal Pradesh will be held on October 30. Votes will be counted on November 2. the notification will be issued on October 1 and the nomination process will begin on the same day. The deadline for submitting applications is October 8. Applications will be considered on October 11 and the deadline for retrieval of articles is October 13.

In the Jubbal Kotkhai Vidhan Sabha constituency of Shimla district, former MP Rohit Thakur is already campaigning after the disappearance of MP BJP Narender Bragta. There is no other Congressional candidate for this election. The party gave him a green signal to enter the fray, sources said.

In the constituency of Arki Vidhan Sabha, which became vacant after the death of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, there are two candidates for the party’s candidacy: the secretary general of the Congress, Sanjay Awasthi, who ran for the elections. 2012 elections in Vidhan Sabha and lost, and Rajender Thakur, close collaborator of the late Virbhadra Singh, are vying for the ticket. According to party sources, Awasthi could get the ticket because he is close to the congressional high command.

In the Fatehpur Vidhan Sabha constituency of Kangra District, where after the death of former MP Sujan Singh Pathania the seat became vacant, his son Bhawani Singh Pathania has already started campaigning.

In the parliamentary constituency of Mandi, which became vacant after the suicide of former BJP deputy Ram Sawroop Sharma, Congress wanted to align Paritibha Singh, former deputy and wife of the late Virbhadra Singh. However, she did not say anything publicly about her candidacy, but she and her son, a congressman from Shimla Rural, Vikramaditya Singh, had met with the general secretary of the All India Congress Party, KC Venugopal, in Delhi some time ago. days.

Meanwhile, the BJP has yet to decide when to finalize the names of its candidates. BJP General Secretary Trilok Jamwal said: “Tonight we will decide when to sit for this purpose. The BJP will submit nominations after Navratri, either October 7 or 8, the deadline for submitting nominations, he added.

Jamwal said: “At BJP any worker can be assigned a ticket and we will win the parliamentary constituency of Mandi as well as other constituencies in Vidhan Sabha.”