‘Raja’ Virbhadra reclaims his throne in Himachal

Shimla: Seventy-eight-year-old Virbhadra Singh is an old war horse who could not be put down by allegations of corruption nor by infighting in the Congress as he steered the party back to power in Himachal Pradesh with a spirited campaign.

The veteran may all be set to become chief minister of the state for the sixth time, setting a record.

In his five-decade long political innings, he has been a seven-time MLA, a five-time MP and five-time Chief Minister.

He has also been a four-time President of the State Congress and represents the Mandi seat in the present Lok Sabha.

Singh was Chief Minister between 1983 and 85; 1985 and 1990; 1993 and 1998 and 2003 and 2007. But still he would not he would not hazard a guess about it. "Congress President will decide who the CM will be," he said reacting to the verdict today.

Scion of Himachal Pradesh's erstwhile royal state of Rampur Bushehar, Singh was educated in Bishop Cotton School at Shimla and St Stephen's College, New Delhi, Virbhadra Singh stands as the tallest among the stalwarts of state Congress.

Even though his detractors accuse him of being 'feudal' and 'inflexible' in his style of functioning, his amiable nature and has earned respect among the people of the hill state.