Factionalism persists in Himachal Congress

Virbhadra Singh Himachal CogressShimla: Giving former CM Virbhadra Singh charge of steering the party just before elections to the state has not settled the factional feud as aspirant chief ministerial candidates Kaul Singh Thakur, GS Bali and Ahsa Kumari skipped a crucial meeting held today to formulate election strategy.

Besides Virbhadra and Vidya Stokes, 20 MLA’s attended the meeting that was held in the presence of Birender Chaudhary, party incharge for the state.

In a bid to bridge the intense factionalism witnessed before Virbhadra was made state party president, the five times chief minister had earlier adopted dinner diplomacy, which marked the presence of all MLAs barring Kaul Singh and Bali.

At the closed door meeting, the party adopted a three page resolution about issues that Congress plans to lay bare before the people as election issues.

Intending to target the government over corruption, some of the issues red flagged include land scams, mushrooming private universities, bungling in emergency ambulance services, allotment of hydropower projects and others, sources said.

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