Dhumal: BJP's CM Face for Himachal

Prem Kumar Dhumal, who has been the Himachal Pradesh chief minister twice, was declared BJP's chief ministerial candidate by its president Amit Shah in the poll-bound state. Shah's announcement at a public meeting, barely days before the assembly polls scheduled for November 9, seems to be driven by the party's calculation that the 73-year-old leader remains its best bet to oust the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government from the state.

Union minister JP Nadda was seen as another strong contender for the party's choice for the top post due to his perceived proximity to its central leadership, but Dhumal's mass connect seemed to have tipped the scale in his favour.

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