Gift for Virb­hadra

India Today - - UPFRONT -

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?


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