Himachal, Gujarat Govt Formation Updates: Lobbying But No Factionalism in Himachal Cong, Says CM Sukhu, Promises to Implement OPS in First Cabinet Meet

Himachal & Gujarat Govt Formation LIVE Updates: The Congress wrested power from the BJP in Himachal by winning 40 of the 68 assembly seats. The polling was held on November 12 and the results were declared Thursday

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Last Updated: December 11, 2022, 23:53 IST

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu (2nd R) with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra after taking oath at a ceremony, in Shimla, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Himachal & Gujarat Govt Formation Updates: In a big statement on the Congress leadership, newly-inducted Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu on Sunday commented on the party leadership and admitted there is lobbying but no factionalism in it.

Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu took oath as the 15th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh in Shimla on Sunday, two days after the Congress wrested power from BJP winning 40 seats in the 68-member Assembly.  Soon after Sukhu assumed the CM post, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and congratulated him. He also wrote, “I assure all possible Read More

Dec 11, 2022 23:26 IST

'Lobbying But No Factionalism': Newly-Inducted Himachal CM Sukhwinder Sukhu on Congress

In a big statement on the Congress leadership, newly-inducted Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu on Sunday commented on the party leadership and admitted there is lobbying but no factionalism in it. Sukhu’s statement came not so long after he was sworn in as the 15th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. In an interview with NDTV, Sukhu said, “Yes, there is lobbying in the state Congress leadership but there is no factionalism. It is only a narrative being spread by the BJP.”

Dec 11, 2022 22:18 IST

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Dec 11, 2022 21:49 IST

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Dec 11, 2022 20:35 IST

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Dec 11, 2022 20:33 IST

Himachal Pradesh: CM Sukhu Seeks Mother's Blessings on Swearing Day

Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu on Sunday received his mother on the occasion of an oath ceremony in Shimla and bowed down to touch her feet to seek her blessings. Himachal Pradesh CM designate Sukhu received his mother Sansar Devi at Sanjauli helipad, ahead of his swearing-in ceremony in Shimla today. (ANI)

Dec 11, 2022 20:25 IST

Gujarat: 151 of 182 MLAs Elected to Assembly in 2022 Polls 'crorepatis', Says ADR-GEW Study

A total of 151, or 83 per cent, of the 182 MLAs elected in the recent Assembly polls in Gujarat are ‘crorepatis’ (worth over Rs 1 crore), up from 141 in the 2017 polls, as per a study conducted by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Gujarat Election Watch. The study showed the ruling BJP has 132 crorepati MLAs, followed by 14 of the Congress, all three Independents, and one each of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Samajwadi Party. (PTI)

Dec 11, 2022 20:24 IST

Gehlot and Pilot Fly Together to Shimla for Swearing-in Ceremony, Cong Says All Leaders Are 'United'

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his Congress colleague Sachin Pilot, who have been locked in a turf war, flew together to Shimla to attend the swearing-in of Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu as Himachal Pradesh CM on Sunday, with the party asserting they were “united”. All party leaders are “united” and the two leaders travelling together was not just for photographs, Congress general secretary in charge of communications Jairam Ramesh told reporters.

Dec 11, 2022 19:06 IST

New Himachal CM's Nameplate Installed at CM Secretariat in Shimla

A nameplate of the new Himachal Pradesh chief minister was installed at the CM Secretariat in Shimla on Sunday. Senior Congress leader Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu took oath as the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister on Sunday. Sukhu was unveiled as the party’s CM face after the high-command on Saturday picked him as the leader of the legislature party. Sukhu, who climbed the political ladder up from grassroots in Himachal Pradesh, took oath as the 15th Chief Minister of the hill state at a ceremony in Shimla. (ANI)

Dec 11, 2022 18:37 IST

New CM, His Deputy Brace for a Bumpy Road in Himachal Pradesh

The decisive move on new leadership in Himachal Pradesh notwithstanding, the Congress has its task cut out in the hill state as it faces the twin challenge of keeping factional fighting at bay and delivering on ambitious poll promises. Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and his deputy will be bracing for a bumpy ride ahead, with the first hurdle being the cabinet formation that reflects the interests of competing pressure groups in the party, principally the one led by incumbent state chief Pratibha Singh. (PTI)

Dec 11, 2022 18:36 IST

Rahul Gandhi Congratulates Sukhu for Becoming Himachal CM, Mukesh Agnihotri For Becoming Dy CM

Dec 11, 2022 17:49 IST

Dalai Lama Congratulates Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu on Being Sworn in as Himachal CM

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Sunday congratulated Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu on being sworn in as the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. “India has been my home for more than 62 years now and I have been happy to reside most of that time here in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. Consequently, I often refer to the chief minister as ‘our chief minister’,” the Dalai Lama wrote.

Dec 11, 2022 17:03 IST

Mukesh Agnihotri Sworn In As Himachal Deputy CM, Brahmin Face of Congress in State

A journalist-turned-politician, Mukesh Agnihotri is the Brahmin face of the Congress in Himachal Pradesh and with his elevation to the post of deputy chief minister, the party hopes to sustain the community’s support. The leader of opposition in the outgoing Assembly, Agnihotri, 60, was one of the frontrunners for the post of chief minister. But the party picked Nadaun MLA Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu for the top post and him as his deputy. (PTI)

Dec 11, 2022 16:58 IST

'No Unnecessary Controversies, Steady Hand': Why Bhupendra Patel Remains BJP's Gujarat Choice | READ

Bhupendra Patel is all set to be sworn in as the new Gujarat chief minister, to continue another BJP term after the saffron party’s resounding success in the state. The party had shown faith in Patel as the party’s face for the Gujarat elections, and political experts over time have assigned a variety of reasons why the saffron party has stuck with its choice in Gujarat. READ MORE

Dec 11, 2022 16:14 IST

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Dec 11, 2022 16:07 IST

40 Newly-elected MLAs in Gujarat Facing Criminal Cases, Says ADR

As many as 40 newly-elected MLAs in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly have criminal cases pending against them as per their election affidavits, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the Gujarat Election Watch. Of these 40 MLAs, 29 members (16 per cent of a total 182) are facing serious criminal cases, such as the attempt to murder and rape, the ADR analysis showed. Among the 29 members, 20 belong to BJP, four to Congress, two are from Aam Aadmi Party, two are Independents, and one is from Samajwadi Party. (PTI)

Dec 11, 2022 16:04 IST

Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu Takes Oath as 15th Himachal CM in Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi, Kharge's Presence | READ

Four-time MLA and 58-year-old Congress leader Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu was sworn in as the 15th chief minister of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. Prominent party leaders like Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and Rahul Gandhi attended his oath-taking ceremony in Shimla. READ MORE

Dec 11, 2022 15:45 IST

PM Modi Congratulates Cong's Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu on Assuming Himachal Pradesh CM Post

Dec 11, 2022 15:33 IST

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Dec 11, 2022 14:24 IST

Sukhwinder Sukhu Sworn in as Himachal's 15th CM; Kharge, Rahul, Priyanka Attended Ceremony

Congress leader Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, a four-time MLA, was on Sunday sworn in as the 15th chief minister of Himachal Pradesh in a ceremony attended by senior party figures including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Sukhu, 58, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar at a ceremony under the open sky at the historic Ridge ground here.

Mukesh Agnihotri, the leader of opposition in the outgoing assembly, was administered the oath as the deputy chief minister.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also attended the ceremony. Union minister Anand Sharma, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Congress Himachal Pradesh in-charge Rajeev Shukla, state Congress chief Pratibha Singh and senior leader Sachin Pilot were also present. (PTI)

cooperation from the Centre to further the development of Himachal Pradesh.”

The swearing-in ceremony of the new Government was attended by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi and AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi among other top leaders of the grand old party of India.

Ending nearly two days of high drama, The Congress leadership Saturday named Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu as the 15th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. Announcing the high commands’ decision, the Congress, during a meeting of the CLP in Shimla on Saturday said Mukesh Agnihotri has been appointed as Deputy Chief Minister.

The new Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister will swear in on Sunday, said Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday. Senior leaders including Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will attend the ceremony at 1:30 pm.

Cabinet expansion will be undertaken later, AICC in-charge for Himachal Pradesh Rajeev Shukla said.

The party’s central observers announced the election of 58-year-old Sukhu as the Congress legislature party leader after the meeting of MLAs on Saturday evening here following days of intense lobbying by aspirants including Pratibha Singh, the state unit chief and wife of late party stalwart Virbhadra Singh.

Sukhu, a four-time MLA and chairman of the Congress’ state election campaign committee, along with party’s central observers, Pratibha Singh and other leaders called on Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and staked claim to form the government.

“I am from a humble background and started my political career from the grassroots at the age of 17… I am here to win the hearts and fulfil all the poll promises made by the Congress,” Sukhu, who had been a known detractor of Virbhadra Singh, told reporters and thanked the party and the Gandhi family for their support.

Son of a road transport corporation driver, Sukhu had a modest beginning and used to run a milk counter at Chhota Shimla in his early days. He was the general secretary of the state unit of the Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and later became the president of the student body. He did his MA and LLB from Himachal Pradesh University and was elected twice as a councillor of Shimla Municipal Corporation.


In Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel will continue as the Chief Minister for a second straight term with the newly-elected MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) electing him as leader of the legislative party on Saturday.

After the meeting, Patel met Governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form a government, two days after the BJP won a record mandate in the Assembly elections by winning 156 out of the total 182 seats. The Governor invited Patel to form the government and take oath at 2 pm on Monday.

Patel will take oath as the 18th chief minister of Gujarat at a function at the Helipad ground near the new secretariat in Gandhinagar on December 12.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah along with the chief ministers of other BJP-ruled states would attend the swearing-in function, party sources said.

Meanwhile, hectic consultations were underway for picking ministers of the new government.

Patel and state BJP chief C R Paatil flew to Delhi in the evening and were expected to hold consultations with the top leadership of the party including prime minister Modi, Shah and BJP chief J P Nadda.

MLAs Kanu Desai, Raghavji Patel, Rishikesh Patel, Harsh Sanghavi, Shankar Chaudhary, Purnesh Modi, Manisha Vakil and Raman Patkar are among those expected to be inducted in the ministry. The BJP would try to balance caste and regional representations while picking ministers, party sources said.

Addressing a press conference after the legislative party meeting at the state BJP headquarters ‘Kamalam’, Bhupendra Patel said the implementation of promises made in the manifesto, including a Uniform Civil Code, will be the priority of his government.

“The newly-elected MLAs met today at ‘Kamalam’ where the proposal to name Bhupendra Patel as chief minister of Gujarat was unanimously approved,” the BJP said in a statement.

Patel’s name was proposed by MLA Kanu Desai and supported by Shankar Chaudhary, Purnesh Modi, Manisha Vakil, Raman Patkar and the party’s chief whip Pankaj Desai.

Senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, B S Yediyurappa and Arjun Munda were present at the meeting as the party’s central observers.

Patel, 60, resigned as chief minister along with his entire cabinet on Friday to pave the way for the formation of a new government following the election results.

A low-profile leader and the first from the Kadva Patidar sub-group to become CM, Patel had replaced Vijay Rupani in September 2021

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