SUKHVINDER SUKHU, 53, CONG
State Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu started out as a student leader of Himachal Pradesh University and was appointed state president of the NSUI from 1989-95. Sukhu was a councillor in the Shimla Municipal Corporation from 1988-98. He was also the state Youth Congress chief. Sukhu entered the assembly in 2003 from Nadaun in Hamirpur district. He retained the seat in 2007. He was nominated Himachal Congress acting president in January 2013 before his formal appointment in April that year. Sukhu has taken on the might of CM Virbhadra Singh.