The 58-year-old chief holds the distinctive distinction of being the president of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee with out having fought a single election. Within the forthcoming polls, Rathore has been given the ticket from Theog, a VIP seat that had been the bastion of Vidya Stokes, the scion of the state’s pioneering apple horticulture household.
Within the earlier elections, Stokes had vacated the seat for CM Virbhadra Singh, who determined to battle from Arki on the final second. The ticket was then given to a youth chief, who misplaced to Rakesh Singha, CPI(M)’s lone MLA in Himachal.
This time, Congress awarded Rathore the ticket from the seat in Shimla district as acknowledgement of his long-standing contribution to the celebration.
Rathore’s journey in politics started throughout the college students motion in Himachal in 1979, when he led a month-long protest towards the Janata Occasion authorities within the state as president of the College students Motion Committee.
He remained Himachal NSUI president from 1981 to 1987. He additionally served as Himachal Congress secretary after which normal secretary in-charge of organisation, apart from being the celebration’s chief spokesperson. Rathore is credited to have been instrumental within the celebration’s victories through the years, particularly within the Kumarsain area, the place he hails from.
A 3-time AICC member, the lawyer by career has been a senior standing counsel of the Authorities of India. He’s identified to be carefully related to the Gandhis. Locals declare Rahul Gandhi is often in contact with him.
He changed Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu because the HPCC chief in 2019, and was succeeded by Pratibha Singh this yr. Days after he left the publish, he was appointed an AICC spokesperson.
Rathore’s supporters consider he’s a chief ministerial candidate, having devoted a long time to constructing the celebration construction within the state with out chasing private glory. Due to his proximity to the celebration excessive command, they consider if Rathore wins Theog, their hypothesis may bear fruit.
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