Wrong nomination forms sent by the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) had many Congress candidates in trouble. Congress candidates had to submit two forms to returning officers.

One of the forms was issued by the All-India Congress Committee, authorising HPCC president Virbhadra Singh to nominate candidates for the elections. The other form was issued by Virbhadra Singh, nominating candidates. In this form, a term that did not meet norms was used. It was stated that the candidate was being nominated for elections to the “House of People”, but it should have been “Legislative Assembly elections of Himachal”.

Pointing out the discrepancy, returning officers at many places asked Congress candidates to submit forms till 3 pm tomorrow. Since forms have to be signed by the HPCC president, candidates can submit those only tomorrow.

Virbhadra Singh is campaigning in Dharamsala and Shahpur. Amended nomination forms can be dispatched to the candidates only after he returns to Shimla. GS Bali could not complete the nomination process due to the wrong form. Congress candidates faced this problem at many other places.

Sudhir Sharma did not face this problem as Virbhadra Singh was accompanying him. In the form, he was nominated for elections to “Legislative Assembly of Himachal” from Dharamsala Assembly constituency.