Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, a former state chief for the Congress, took the oath of office as chief minister of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. The opposition leader in the last Assembly, Mukesh Agnihotri, took an oath to serve as deputy chief minister. Sukhu said he was grateful for the opportunity and thanked the Gandhi family as well as the Congress.
Along with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attended the oath-taking event. This is a victory that belongs to the people of Himachal Pradesh, Kharge declared prior to the ceremony for taking the oath of office. Here is an illustration of what happens when the Congress party fights together: Mallikarjun Kharge, president of the Congress, in Shimla.
Sukhu expressed his happiness at being named the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh despite being from an ordinary background. “I am happy that I am going to be CM despite being from an ordinary family. I am thankful to the Congress party and the Gandhi family for giving me this opportunity. My mother never stopped me from being in politics. I have reached here today because of her blessings,” said Sukhu.
Sukhu is an up-and-coming grassroots politician has extensive organisational experience in the hill state.
Sukhu, 58, a four-time MLA, is a former state Congress chief, a member of the NSUI, and the Youth Congress. From 2013 to 2019, he served as the party’s state unit president. He was known for speaking his thoughts, even when the tall party leader and six-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh did not agree.
In Himachal Pradesh, Sukhu has favoured for promoting and elevating new Congress leaders. Due to his long tenure with the organisation, Sukhu is affable and personable and has a large network in the hill state. Sukhu will fill the position of top Congress leader for the first time to come from “lower Himachal.” The fact that Union Minister Anurag Thakur represents Hamirpur in parliament may have also been a factor in the Congress’s high command’s decision to support Sukhu.
Sukhu served as the chairman of the Congress Campaign Committee for the assembly elections, during which the party concentrated on regional concerns and made attractive promises, such as a pension plan from the past. After Prem Kumar Dhumal of the BJP, he will be the second chief minister from the Hamirpur district. Congress won the Assembly polls in the state, winning 40 seats.