Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Ht Himachal Poll Primer -

CPI(M) leader Rakesh Singha has emerged as a strong leader in the Shimla belt. Singha be­gan his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer in 1979 as stu­dent leader when he was elected as the first pres­i­dent of the HPU Stu­dents’ Coun­cil. In 1985, he was elected as a mem­ber of the Shimla MC. Singha en­tered the as­sem­bly in 1993 but was un­seated two years later when he was charged with mur­der. He was later ac­quit­ted. He re-en­tered the poll arena in 2012, con­test­ing from Theog and got over 10,000 votes de­spite a brief cam­paign. The move­ment he led af­ter the Kotkhai gan­grape and mur­der boosted his cam­paign.

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