CPM may fight 20 assembly seats in Himachal

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Shimla : Boosted by Shimla civic poll results the CPIM could put up candidates in 20 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh’s assembly polls to be held later this year .

Veteran party leader Rakesh Singha told Sun Post Saturday the party could put up candidates in 10 of the 12 districts in the hill state .

Singha said the results of the Shimla civic polls had sent out a clear message that people were willing to support a party like the CPM which promises to fight for their issues .

“Political parties who only make false promises and indulge in large-scale corruption have now been exposed . And such parties should beware of the CPM in the assembly elections ,” Singha warned .

“We are also exploring forming a third front and could tie up with the Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) and the BJP’s outspoken and disgruntled MP Rajan Sushant ,” Singh said.

The CPM gave a jolt to the BJP and Congress after winning the election of mayor and deputy mayor along with three wards in the Shimla civic polls last month .

These electoral gains are seen as significant by observers as the ruling P.K.Dhumal led government and the opposition Congress campaigned hard for the civic polls .