Hardly over a week in office, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, 58, has his task cut out. The cabinet formation is on hold, while the first session of the state Assembly convened at Dharamshala in the third week of December had to be deferred after Sukhu tested positive for the coronavirus. His meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, slated for December 19, was also cancelled.
In the backdrop of all major developments, Ashwani Sharma of Outlook spoke to the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh on his governance plans, challenges, his ties with PCC president Pratibha Singh and cabinet formation. Some excerpts: