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Congress Picks “Ordinary” SS Sukhu Month After Amit Shah’s “Royal” Dig In Himachal

Lawyer by coaching, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu rose from scholar politics in Himachal. (File)

Shimla/Nadaun/New Delhi:

By selecting Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu as the brand new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the Congress has made a degree: That humble origins and grassroots work will be valued over “royalty” and political lineage. This comes at the same time as BJP’s Amit Shah, throughout the marketing campaign, took a dig that SS Sukhu will not get the publish as he’s not “the son or daughter of someone”.

A bus driver’s son from Hamirpur district in a area removed from the facility centre, Mr Sukhu, 58, as soon as bought milk in Shimla. He started his political profession as a scholar chief at a university in Sanjauli close to Shimla, graduating to Himachal Pradesh College campus polls within the Nineteen Nineties; after which rose via the ranks. 

“A matter of delight that the son of an strange household shall be our chief minister, due to our management,” senior Congress chief Anand Sharma tweeted, thanking the Gandhis and social gathering chief Mallikarjun Kharge.

His chief rival was Pratibha Singh, the state Congress president who attracts her energy from the legacy of her late husband, Virbhadra Singh, an ex-royal and six-time chief minister. Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya Singh is prone to get a major ministry below Mr Sukhu.

“Your quantity will not come,” Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah had remarked about Mr Sukhu final month at a rally in Nadaun, which Mr Sukhu has gained the fourth time because the Congress gained 40 of the state’s 68 segments and unseated the BJP.

“There isn’t a place for kings and queens in a democracy. In a democracy, you’ll want to work for the individuals,” Mr Shah had mentioned.

He had additionally underlined that the BJP’s Jairam Thakur, whom Mr Sukhu now succeeds, has no political household legacy.

Towards Mr Sukhu, Pratibha Singh had made a play for the highest publish citing “Raja” Virbhadra Singh’s legacy. However Mr Sukhu had the numbers, sources mentioned, and his grassroots picture additional clinched it for him.

One other rival, Mukesh Agnihotri, had additionally began politics below the shadow of the Virbhadra Singh, as a journalist-cum-protege. He shall be Deputy Chief Minister.

Sukhvinder Sukhu is amongst early members of Group Rahul. He’s additionally younger by political requirements; at 58, round a decade youthful than Pratibha Singh, 66. 


Sukhvinder Sukhu throughout election marketing campaign.

Selecting a worker-turned-leader over royal inheritors sits properly with the Congress’s revived message of working on the grassroots — a key theme of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. Plus, Priyanka Gandhi, who held 10 rallies when Rahul Gandhi selected to caught to his Yatra, additionally performed a job, it’s learnt.

​On the nationwide stage, this transfer additionally marks a disruption for the the Congress. And it ties right into a non-Gandhi “son of the soil”, Mallikarjun Kharge, turning into the social gathering chief, although the Gandhis stay the “excessive command”.

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