Congress Party gains majority in Himachal, AAP claims national status

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Congress Party President Mallikarjun Kharge congratulating Rajiv Shukla after party’s win in Himachal Pradesh elections Dec. 8, 2022. Photo Twitter @INC_Television

Congress in-charge of Himachal Pradesh, Rajiv Shukla said the party will implement 10 guarantees in the state after the party won Thursday Dec. 8, 2022.

“It’s victory of people of the state. People voted for change and against unemployment and inflation. We’ll be united and there won’t be any factionalism in our party. We met party chief Mallikarjun Kharge and had a discussion regarding our next step,” he said.

Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Pratibha Singh said the people of Himachal Pradesh have given the party the mandate and “there is no need to fear (of poaching)”.

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“We can meet (our MLAs) anywhere including Chandigarh or in the state. Those who have won will be with us and we will form the government,” she said.

“It is a very emotional moment for me as I can see the same kind of support from people as it was for late Virbhadra Singh. Chandigarh is easily accessible meeting point for MLAs & we are not worried about poaching,” she added.

The next big task for the Congress is to choose its chief ministerial candidate among various aspirants including Pratibha Singh. Former state Congress chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri are seen as the other contenders for the post.

Hailing the party’s victory, Sukhu also expressed gratitude to the people of the state.
“We express our gratitude to the people of Himachal Pradesh. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra conducted rallies in state and mobilized cadre. BJP politics of breaking away people won’t work, Congress has got a majority. BJP will split in state,” he said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that AAP has become a national party in 10 years.

“Today, the AAP has become a national party. Results of the Gujarat elections have come and the party has become a national party. Ten years ago, AAP was a small party, now after 10 years it has governments in two states and has become a national party,” he said.

Independents won three seats in Gujarat and one seat went to the Samajwadi Party.

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