Shimla: Living with the hare and hunting with the hound is what Himachal deputy speaker Dharam Pal Thakur has decided to do for the forthcoming election for the Arki seat in Solan district.
Denied a congress ticket, Dharam Pal Thakur retaining the deputy speakerâ€™s position today filed his papers as an independent for the seat, chief electoral officer Manisha Nanda disclosed.
Instead of Thakur congress has decided to field Prakash Karad, a fresher and son of a former cook who had served in Sonia Gandhi’s household.
Viplove Thakur state congress president defended the partyâ€™s decision on Monday on the ground that Karad was given the ticket as he was the first reserved category candidate who had applied for a ticket from the open seat.
The congress election candidate list surprised many after Karad was nominated by the party high command and Dharam Pal Thakur, who figured in the all important list till the last moment, was dropped like a hot potato.
Prakash Chand Karad, the congress candidate from Arki is the son of Padam Ram of Banjan village. Padam Ram has been a family cook for the Gandhiâ€™s since the days of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Ram was posted as a cook with the External Affairs Ministry in 1970 and retired only five years ago after having severed the 10 Janpath palette ever since he was engaged.
Kitchen loyalty by Ram has been rewarded with an election ticket for his 37 year old son, while Dharam Pal Thakur has filed his paper in order to protect his palette.