Political battles drawn in Himachal Pradesh for May 7
Political parties have made their election battles almost clear as this hill state was going to have multi-corner contest between BJP, Congress, CPI(M), AAP, BSP and Shiv Sena. The political parties have already announced their candidates and most of them already started filing nomination which have started since April 14, as the state goes to poll on May 7.
With multi-corner contest it could turned the apple cart for main streams parties in this hill state.
The most high profile contest in the state is going to be held at Hamirpur where son of former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and sitting BJP Lok Sabha MP is fray but the state government was putting its entire weight to change the equation in its favour by any means.
Congress has to rely on Dhumal protegee Rajinder Singh Rana pitted in the fray after repeated debacle of party for last many elections.
Kamal Kanta Batra, mother of Kargil hero Captain Vikram Batra, is in the fray from AAP.
AAP has some brighter prospects as this is most literate parliamentary segment and having highest women electorates (even more than men).
Ms Batra already sought support of ex-servicemen who were virtually split in three groups likely to go with AAP, BJP and Congress.
After the return of Narinder Kumar Thakur, son of former BJP stalwart late Jagdev Chand into BJP, the prospects of saffron party brighten.
But Virbhadra Singh as octogenarian Chief Minister, was trying to concentrate on Congress campaign in Hamirpur district.
Mr Singh also played trump card recently when he gave befitting reply to saffron party after persuading former BJP MLA and daughter in-law Urmila Thakur into Congress who would be projected as Congress candidate for Sujanpur by-election which are also going to held simultaneously alongwith Lok Sabha as this seat fell vacant after resignation of Mr Rana who was independent MLA.
On the expected line BJP gave ticket of by-election to Narinder Kumar Thakur for Sujanpur by-election for assembly denying it to Ms Thakur.
Now the combat between Mr Thakur and his sister-in-law likely to affect LS election equation in favour of two party.
But being a most literate LS segment, people could also vote against BJP and Congress for its hypocrisy and fence seaters who had been crossed the party for sake of power.
Ms Batra, who was in the fray from AAP for first time likely to be fatal to both BJP and Congress.
Political experts are of view that part of Dharampur Assembly segment also fall in Hamirpur LS seat could dent BJP hard as sitting BJP MLA and former minister Mahinder Singh Thakur could have won by just about 1000 votes in the assembly as he had to face internal fighting from Dhumal camp.
(Posted on 16-04-2014)