Himachal Pradesh Bypolls: Three Independent MLAs to Contest on BJP Ticket

The Election Commission has announced that bypolls for three Himachal Pradesh assembly seats will be held on July 10. Three Independent MLAs who resigned and joined BJP will contest. The schedule includes key dates for filing and withdrawing nominations. Speculation is rising about BJP candidates' chances.


PTI | Shimla | Updated: 10-06-2024 14:49 IST | Created: 10-06-2024 14:49 IST
Himachal Pradesh Bypolls: Three Independent MLAs to Contest on BJP Ticket
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The Election Commission has scheduled bypolls for three assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh for July 10, following the resignation of three Independent lawmakers who joined the BJP, according to a Monday announcement.

The trio—Ashish Sharma, Hoshiyar Singh, and KL Thakur—resigned from their assembly seats on March 22, with the speaker accepting their resignations on June 3. Speculations abound that the BJP will field these former Independents in the upcoming bypolls.

These political shifts follow the February 27 Rajya Sabha elections, where nine MLAs, including six from the Congress, supported BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan. Subsequently, the six Congress MLAs were disqualified for defying a party whip and later joined the BJP, which led to their re-election from the same constituencies on BJP tickets. The bypolls reduced the House to 65 MLAs, with Congress holding 38 and BJP 27 seats.

The Election Commission's notification will be issued on June 14, with final nominations due by June 21, and the scrutiny set for June 24. Withdrawal of nominations must occur by June 26, with vote counting on July 13.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu commented on the situation, saying that the Independent MLAs, elected for five years but resigning within 14 months, could have supported any party without resigning. He added that the electorate would ultimately decide their fate. In related news, the Congress has dissolved its Hamirpur block unit and will soon reconstitute it.

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