Sukhvinder Sukhu, Driver's Son Who Once Sold Milk, Is Himachal's New Chief Minister

Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu throughout marketing campaign in Nadaun section in Himachal’s decrease hills.

A product of pupil politics, senior Congress chief and four-time MLA Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was a recognized detractor of social gathering veteran Virbhadra Singh who had dominated the Himachal Pradesh politics for over 5 a long time till his demise final yr.

  1. With the social gathering bagging its first victory within the hill state with out the charismatic presence of Virbhadra Singh, SS Sukhu’s elevation makes it clear that the social gathering is able to transfer on. Extra so, because the social gathering didn’t give in to the robust declare to the publish mounted by Pratibha Singh, the social gathering’s state unit chief and spouse of Virbhadra Singh.

  2. Son of a street transport company driver, SS Sukhu, 58, had a modest starting and used to run a milk counter at Chhota Shimla in his early days.

  3. Rising via the ranks, SS Sukhu was a relentless fighter and remained the social gathering’s state unit president for a file six years from 2013 to 2019 regardless of being steadily at loggerheads with Virbhadra Singh, a six-time chief minister. The outdated rivalry got here to the fore once more after the social gathering wrested energy from the BJP within the just-concluded meeting polls, with each SS Sukhu and Pratibha Singh staking declare to the chief minister’s publish.

  4. SS Sukhu would be the first Congress chief from Decrease Himachal — comprising areas merged in Himachal in 1966 reminiscent of Nalagarh, Una, Hamirpur, Kangra and decrease hills of Kullu — to occupy the highest publish. He would be the second chief minister from Hamirpur district, after BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal.

  5. The Nadaun MLA, who is taken into account near Rahul Gandhi and was the Congress marketing campaign committee head, was unanimously elected chief of the Congress Legislature Social gathering on Saturday. He’ll take oath because the chief minister on Sunday. He would be the seventh individual to carry the publish within the state.

  6. That he enjoys the boldness of the social gathering excessive command was clear when he was appointed chairman of the Congress election marketing campaign committee and numerous his supporters acquired social gathering tickets, social gathering insiders say.

  7. Throughout his tenure because the state Congress chief, he strengthened the organisation and his rapport with staff and legislators made him a powerful contender for the chief minister’s publish, they mentioned.

  8. He gained the meeting election for the primary time in 2003 from Nadaun, retained the seat in 2007 however was defeated in 2012 and gained once more in 2017 and 2022.

  9. Sukhu was the final secretary of the state unit of the Congress-affiliated Nationwide College students’ Union of India (NSUI) and later grew to become the president of the coed physique.

  10. He did his MA and LLB from Himachal Pradesh College. He was elected twice as councillor of Shimla Municipal Company.

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