Five time Himachal Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh is named as cabinet minster in the second list released by newly formed Union ministry of Manmohan Singh.
Educated at famous Bishop Cotton School Shimla, 75 years old Singh, is the lone winner of Congress partyÂ from Himachal. Former ruler of Bushehar state, Singh won the Mandi seat from Kullu’s former royal Raja Maheshwar Singh. Mandi seat was last held by Virbhadra’s wife Pratibha Singh who decided against contesting this time.
Singh became chief minister for the first time in 1983 and continued till 1990. He became chief minister again in 1993 and continued in office till 1998. He occupied the chief minister’s chair again on March 6, 2003 and was in office till Congress was voted out in December 2007 by BJP.
Its first time thatÂ Himachal, a state of just four parliament seats is given two Cabinet ministries. Anand Sharma,Â a Rajya Sabha member was chosen as Cabinet Minister in the first released list.