Former Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president and ex Rajya Sabha member Viplav Thakur will file nomination for Rajya Sabha seat going to be vacant soon.
Talking to media, Ms. Thakur said that she would file her nomination by 1200 hours tomorrow at State Legislative Assembly secretariat as high command had cleared her name for the seat.
She had also been Rajya Sabha member from this hill state earlier (2006 to 2012). Ms. Thakur was a minister in state cabinet (1995-99), AICC member and three-term member of state Legislative Assembly.
She was the only candidate to file her papers for the seat, as so far the BJP had not decided to field any candidate.
Earlier the Congress high command was also contemplating to pit former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for this seat but keeping forth coming Lok Sabha election in mind it decided to field Ms. Thakur for the second term, party sources confirmed.
In state Legislative Assembly, Congress has a strength of 36 members, BJP 26 MLAs, 5 independent and 1 HLP. BJP has 3 members in Lok Sabha while the Congress has 1.
The notification for the election was made on January 25, 2014 and January 28 is last date of filing nomination and scrutiny of nomination papers would be done the next day. Candidates could withdraw their names upto January 31, 2014.
Though the opposition BJP has not decided to file any candidates but if required polling would be held on February 7, 2014 at Dr. Y. S. Parmar Library in the campus of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, Shimla.
Mr. Shanta Kumar was elected unopposed from the BJP in 2008.
After her re-election she would be the ninth women member of Rajya Sabha from this hill state as earlier Lilavati Mahajan (1956), Satyawati Dang (1968), Mohinder Kaur (1978), Usha Malhotra (1980) and Chandresh Kumari (1996),Viplav Thakur (2006-2012) Bimla Kashyap (2009) were elected to Rajya Sabha from the state.
Name of Ms. Thakur as woman candidate was reportedly was put up after AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi decided to give high position in the power to this section.