Shimla: Former Union minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday appealed to the Chief Election Commissioner to hold Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh by early November before snowfall begins in the hill state.

Singh, who is the chairman of Congress' campaign committee for the coming Assembly polls in the state, called on Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath in New Delhi and requested him to hold the elections in early November, his office said in a statement here.

He also asked the CEC to restrain the state government from announcing sops for different sections of the society ahead of polls and urged him to impose the model code of conduct at the earliest to check misuse of official machinery.     

Earlier, he also met AICC president Sonia Gandhi and apprised her about the political situation in the state and the party's poll strategy in the coming elections.


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