Sukhu new working HP Cong chief

Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, a former Congress MLA, was on Tuesday appointed the Himachal party working president in the wake of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh resigning from the post a few days ago.

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi has cleared his name on the advise of AICC General Secretary Birender Singh, who had held talks with state leaders," said a sitting MLA.

A two time MLA, 48-year-old Sukhu had lost the last Assembly election from Nadaun. He earlier had been the state NSUI and Youth Congress president.

Reports said Virbhadra had suggested three names for the post Gangu Ram Musafir, Rangila Ram Rao and Harshvardan Chauhan. His detractors, however, pushed for Viplove Thakur, Asha Kumari and Sukhu.

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