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Two Himachal BJP MPs may be dropped

IANS  |  Shimla 

In a clear signal from the BJP's first list of candidates, party's veterans from - among them Shanta Kumar, 84, a member of the outgoing house - may not be fielded for the 2019 elections owing to the party's age bar.

Sources in the party said the high command is also keen to replace Shimla's (reserved) second consecutive term

The hill state has four seats and all are represented by the BJP.

A closed-door meeting was held between state and Kumar in last week for finalising candidates, including the latter's replacement.

"The party doesn't want to annoy its senior leader So the high command has asked to hold talks with him to look for his prospective replacement," a told IANS.

Kumar, a Brahmin who is widely respected in state's district, has been saying he may stay away from electoral this time and has left the final decision to the party high command.

Hamirpur's three-time Anurag Thakur, who is facing anti-incumbency, and Mandi first-time Ram Swaroop Sharma, who is known for his proximity to Thakur, may be retained this time, a senior leader said.

The BJP had initially decided to field its sitting MPs from all the four seats.

The BJP had created history in 2014 elections by sweeping all four seats.

The party, which is also at the state's helm, wants a repeat of the 2014 performance under the (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi factor.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, March 22 2019. 19:38 IST
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