Congress Himachal MLAs will convene in Shimla today to elect the state's chief minister.

Congress MLAs will meet in Shimla at 3 p.m. on Friday to name new chief minister .

Shimla: After winning the Himalayan Pradesh Assembly election, Congress MLAs will meet in Shimla at 3 p.m. on Friday to name the new chief minister, according to Rajiv Bhawan, who was in charge of the Himalayan Pradesh Congress and supervisors Bhupesh Baghel and Bhupendra Hooda.The party was initially planning a meeting in Chandigarh but changed plans after gaining a mandate.Former state Congress chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri are the other candidates for the post, Mr Shukla said earlier on Thursday that the party chief would take a vote on the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh.Meanwhile, some of the Congress leaders condemned BJP poaching attempts.In the 68-member assembly in Himalayan Pradesh, the Congress won 40 seats, while the BJP gained 25 seats.Independents took three seats in the state, but the AAP struggled to open its account in the state.

Others received 10.4 percent vote share in the hill state.Himachal Pradesh has a long tradition of alternating governments, and Congress was on the right side of anti-incumbency.Following the party's loss in the polls, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur resigned.During the past five years, I want to thank the Prime Minister and central leadership (for their encouragement).

Thakur told media persons in Shimla that we should really assess our shortcomings and improve in the coming term.The state's victory will be recognized by Congressman Rajiv Shukla, who is in charge of Himalayan Pradesh.People voted for change and against unemployment and inflation.Well be united, and there will not be any division in our party.

We can meet (our MLAs) anywhere, including Chandigarh, or in the state.Those who have won will be with us and we will form the government, she said.It's a deeply emotional moment for me, because I can see the same level of support from people as it did for late Virbhadra Singh.MLAs in Chandigarh are easily reachable, and we are not concerned about poaching, she said.

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