Ahead of assembly elections, there is trouble for the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, one of the few states it still rules, with 27 of its 36 legislators backing 83-year-old Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in a feud with the party's state chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.
The six-time Chief Minister wrote to Mrs Gandhi last week complaining against Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu. He has said unless Mr Sukhu is removed as state party chief, he will not contest or participate in the elections. Virbhadra Singh wants senior party leader Asha Kumari to be the state Congress chief.
The Congress' central leadership is said to be divided. A section of top leaders want Mr Sukhu to continue in his post. A decision is expected only after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is back from his visit to Norway, but sources said, he is unlikely to favour giving in to pressure from the Chief Minister.
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