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Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu is a three-time MLA from Naduan. The veteran leader is thought to be a close aide of Rahul Gandhi and a rival of Virbhadra Singh, the late six-time Chief Minister whose wife Pratibha Singh is another contender for the top post.
Congress has bagged Himachal Pradesh securing 40 of the 68 seats in the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The much-needed electoral win for Congress comes at a time when the party has been struggling both at the state and central levels. With the win, the next question that Congress needs to answer is who will be the Chief Minister in the state.
One of the leading candidates is Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, a three-time MLA from Naduan. Sukhu, who managed to hold on to his seat against BJP’s Vijay Kumar in a tight race despite strong campaigning from the BJP including Amit Shah himself, is one of the favourites to lead the state.
The former president of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee for six years, Sukhu has stated that the chief minister will be chosen by the party's high command. He had previously stated that not choosing a CM face allowed the party to win votes based on its merit and ideology.