Himachal BJP postpones poll to choose new chief

Thursday, January 28, 2010

SHIMLA - The election to choose a new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president for Himachal Pradesh, slated for Jan 30, has been postponed, a party spokesman said Thursday.

“A decision to postpone the election for the post of the state president was taken this (Thursday) evening at a meeting of party leaders held in Chandigarh,” the spokesman Ashok Kapatia told IANS.

He said the meeting was attended among other by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, former union minister Shanta Kumar and state party in charge Satya Pal Jain.

He refused to cite the reason for postponing the election as the election process was almost complete.

Former chief minister of Uttarakhand Bhagat Singh Koshiari was appointed the partys central observer for the election.

Sitting cabinet minister J.P. Nadda, a close confidant of nation BJP president Nitin Gadkari, was considered the hot contender for the post. He is currently the states forest minister.

Presently, Khimi Ram is the state president. He was appointed president in July last year after then president Jairam Thakur was inducted into the Dhumal cabinet.

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