A leader privy to the screening committee meeting told HT on the condition of anonymity that Virbhadra Singh could take final decision on Arki after meeting senior leaders in Delhi tonight.
Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will contest from Sujanpur.
The elections will be held on November 9 and results would be announced on December 18.
Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has declared that he will be contesting the assembly elections from Arki constituency of Himachal Pradesh and BJP has fielded Ratan Singh Pal against him. Dhumal had won by only 9,500 votes from Hamirpur in 2012.
Summary: BJP has three contenders -Dhumal, Nadda and RSS leader Ajay Jamwal from Joginder nagar -for the chief ministerial post. Being a senior leader, party insiders claim that he has been included in the list ruling out possibility of any confusion about who will be the party's chief ministerial candidate. The party has fielded turncoat Anil Sharma, son of former Union Minister Sukh Ram, from Mandi. "The BJP is contesting the polls under the collective leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party chief, besides state leaders including Dhumal, J P Nadda and others", a senior BJP functionary said.Sources said that in the Modi-Shah dispensation, Nadda, 53, has emerged as the favourite to lead the hilly state in place of Dhumal, who is now 73.
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Founder of Himachal Lokhit Party, which merged with BJP, Maheshwar Singh will contest from Kullu.
The Congress has chosen to field most of the sitting legislators.
Late Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh's son, Aditya Vikram, is in the race from Banjar constituency.
The BJP Wednesday announced its list of 68 candidates for next month's assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, with party sources indicating that veteran leader Prem Kumar Dhumal would be a strong contender for the post of chief minister in the event of victory.
The full list of BJP candidates can be found here. The list also includes Rajeev Bindal from Nahan and Narinder Bragta, who had lost to Rohit Thakur of the Congress in 2012, from Jubbal-Kotkhai.