first_imgIn a last-minute rethink, the State Congress on Monday changed its candidate for the Bhoranj Assembly seat. The party has now fielded Promila Devi from the seat instead of Prem Kaushal, who was about to fill his nomination papers.Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said he did not know the reason behind the move. Mr. Kaushal was considered very close to the Chief Minister.The bypoll in Bhoranj was necessitated after the death of former BJP Minister and senior MLA Ishwar Dass Dhiman. The State BJP has made his son Anil Dhiman, a physician, as the party nominee from Bhoranj. Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal and State BJP president Satpal Satti accompanied Mr. Dhiman on Monday to file his papers for poll scheduled for April 9.Discontent hits CongressMeanwhile, reacting to MLA Balbir Verma’s switchover from the Congress to the BJP, the Chief Minister said he “is not concerned about who is going where”.He claimed that his party had better candidates in the Chopal constituency of anterior Shimla district than Mr. Verma. It is believed that Mr. Verma, who was an associate member of the Congress in the Vidhan Sabha, left the party over the Chief Minister’s decision to make Dharamsala as another capital of Himachal Pradesh. The State BJP has maintained that the Chief Minister’s move to undermine the importance of Shimlaas the capital town has annoyed many senior Congress leaders and that there might be more switchovers over the issue. Bone of contentionDharamsala is the headquarter of the Kangra district, which has the maximum number of Vidhan Sabha seats. The Chief Minister had earlier shifted the Winter Session of the Vidhan Sabha from Shimla to Dharamsala. The smart city project was also given to Dharamsala, despite the latter not fulfilling the required conditions, said a BJP spokesperson.He added that the government, which is reeling under a debt of ₹42,000 crore and is not being able to pay the salaries of its employees, was bent upon making another capital.There is also confusion among the government employees over the probable shifting of their offices from the main capital to Dharamsala.last_img