BJP fields Kargil hero against wife of late CM from Mandi

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/8/2021 7:38:51 PM

NEW DELHI, Oct 7: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday fielded retired Brigadier Khushal Thakur, the Kargil war hero, to take on Pratibha Virbhadra Singh, former MP and widow of the late Chief Minister, in the Mandi Lok Sabha by-election, caused by the demise of sitting BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma.

In fact, it declared its candidates for other two Lok Sabha seats and 16 Assembly seats, including three from Madhya Pradesh and two from Rajasthan, only on the last day of the nominations on Friday for all polls to take place on October 30.

Brig Thakur was in 18th battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment of the Indian Army. His was one of the battalions that was part of the capture of Tiger Hill and Tololing during Kargil conflict with Pakistan. He was a strong contender for ticket in the 2019 general elections, but he was ignored.

Mandi Parliament constituency is the second largest constituency of the country area wise and includes 17 Assembly constituencies in the districts of Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Shimla.

The BJP has fielded former Khandwa district panchayat chairman Gyanshwar Patil for the Khandwa Lok Sabha by-election and Mahesh Dalvi, a young face, for the Dadra Nagar Haveli seat. Wife of late Mohan Delkar of BJP, who committed suicide in Mumbai, will be contesting as an independent.

The Assembly candidates declared by the BJP include Shishupal Singh Yadav from Prithvipur, Mrs Pratima Bagri from Raigarh and Mrs Sulachana Rawat from Jobat in Madhya Pradesh, and Himmat Singh Jhala from Vallabhnagar and Khet Singh Meen from Dhariawad in Rajasthan.

The BJP has also fielded four candidates for the Assembly by-elections in West Bengal, three from Himachal Pradesh, two from Karnataka and one from Andhra Pradesh.



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