Shimla: Eyeing of the Lok Sabha Election 2019, the state Congress has taken back all left out party leaders and workers who were expelled from the party during the last Assembly elections. However, the party hasn’t taken those leaders back, who had contested assembly election against official party candidates.
Himachal Congress Committee president Kuldeep Rathore stated that all those who were seeking re-entry into the party have been taken back but they will not be given any party post for the next two years. He added that the decision to take them back had been taken with full thought and consideration as it was in the interest of the party.
When asked about leaders who had contested the Assembly elections against the official party’s candidate, Rathore stated that decision will be taken after due consideration.
Rebelled leader like Harish Janartha, who had contested Himachal Assembly Election as an independent from Shimla Urban assembly segment, secured 12109 votes, while official congress candidate was polled 2680 votes, will have to wait further to be inducted in the party fold.
The Congress were decimated in the 2017 Assembly Election. Many senior politician and cabinet ministers lost their election. Party had even failed to win a single seat in Mandi district and also fared badly in Chamba, Kullu, Bilaspur districts where the party could win single-seat and in Kangra district party candidates could lead in three seats only.
The INC, after appointment of new state president Kuldeep Singh Rathore, trying to revive its fortune. Giving new chance to the rebel and disgruntled leaders and taking them back into the party fold. Rathore is also trying to bridge the gap between groups within the party and trying to put united front before the Lok Sabha Election 2019. State general secretary Rajneesh Kimta has already announced to fight the election with full might and reiterated to field a strongest possible candidate to rest all four seats from the BJP.