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73-year-old Prem Kumar Dhumal is BJP's CM face in Himachal

Dhumal turns 74 in April, a year short of the BJP's unofficial cut off age of 75 for its leaders to retire from occupying ministerial berths

Narendra Modi, Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Rahul, Rajnath Singh, Rajnath
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre), Home Minister Rajnath Singh (left) and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi after paying tributes to former PM Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, at Parliament House, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Tuesday said Prem Kumar Dhumal would be the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls. The state is scheduled to vote on November 9. “Virbharda Singh keeps asking us that under whose leadership the BJP is fighting the elections,” Shah said at a public rally in Himachal Pradesh. “In the whole country, the BJP is fighting under the leadership of Modiji. But if you want to hear under whose leadership the BJP is contesting in Himachal, then I want to make it clear today. ...