Shortly after the announcement about Mr Dhumal was made, Mr Modi said the BJP wants to make Himachal Pradesh corruption-free and undertake record development in the state. "Dhumal Ji is among our senior most leaders with rich administrative experience in Himachal. He will once again make a wonderful CM @DhumalHP," PM Modi tweeted.
"BJP's focus is politics of development. We want to make Himachal corruption-free & initiate record development initiatives in the state," the prime minister added.
Earlier, BJP chief Amit Shah, while addressing a rally in Solan in Himachal Pradesh, said Dhumal would lead the party in the November 9 assembly elections.
The BJP will have a direct contest with the ruling Congress which has already projected Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the campaign committee chief.