Gift for Virbhadra
The by- election to Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi constituency is slated for June 23, which is also Virbhadra Singh’s 79th birthday. With wife Pratibha Singh, 56, in the fray there are really no prizes for guessing what the Chief Minister wants as a gift. “You will all give me the birthday gift I want this time,” he doesn’t tire of reminding eager constituents at election rallies. But BJP thinks it may have found a way to counter Virbhadra. “It would be a sin to separate Singh from his wife at such an advanced age,” former chief minister Shanta Kumar is heard telling voters. But does absence not make the heart grow fonder?