THE STAL­WART SHANTA KU­MAR, 83 (BJP)

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTHIMACHALPOLLPRIMER -

An RSS pracharak in his early years, the founder of the BJP in the hill state, Shanta Ku­mar be­gan as a panch and en­tered the as­sem­bly in 1972. He be­came CM of the Janata Party govern­ment at 42 in 1977 and again in 1990. Shanta Ku­mar was a min­is­ter in the Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee-led NDA govern­ment.known for his plain speak, Shanta Ku­mar has the abil­ity to tilt po­lit­i­cal scales, es­pe­cially in Kan­gra, his bas­tion that sends 15 leg­is­la­tors to the 68-mem­ber House. His par­tic­i­pa­tion in the cam­paign will give thrust to BJP’S ef­forts to re­cap­ture power in the state.

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