The Himachal Pradesh cabinet today approved a proposal to make Dharamshala as the second capital of the state. The decision was taken in cabinet meeting today chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who had earlier during his winter sojourn to Kangra had expressed his desire to make Dharamshala as the second capital.
Following the cabinet’s approval, a mini secretariat would come up in Dharamshala to house the offices of ministers and senior officers. Commenting on the decision, Urban Development minister Sudhir Sharma, an MLA from Dharamshala, said it was biggest gift of the government to the people of lower areas.
Interestingly, Himachal Pradesh will also be going for the state elections later this year. The announcement is significant as 25 out of 68 Assembly seats fall in Kangra, Una and Hamirpur districts, and Dharamsala
is important for the lower areas of Himachal Pradesh, including Kangra, Chamba, Hamirpur and Una districts.