The election fever gains heat in Himachal
A few glimpses of Congress leader Virbhadra Singh’s visit to the Boileauganj party office yesterday evening.
Yesterday, the party office of Congress at Boileaugnaj, a small station in Shimla, witnessed some turbulence as the Congress leader Virbhadra Singh approached Shimla for the party campaign, which he started from Sunni. The traffic jam, fire crackers, slogan shouting and an ignorant crowd headed by a few leaders were the scenes to watch. Flags, posters and garlands could be seen above the crowd. The congested road that crosses through the Boileauganj market got too crowded for a while.
The congress leader appeared on the scene accompanied by his son, Suddenly,the party workers transformed into devotees on seeing Raja Ji, like they saw a god at some market. A few Muslims held Congress flags, but mostly they appeared to be either standing at a distance from the crowd in a group. Then a leader said some real heavy words of appreciation for the Congress and Virbhadra Singh. He opposed the allegations put on Raja Ji, cursing the opposition. There are only 2% Muslims in Himachal Pradesh, therefore, the great tool of religion is not much exploited by the political parties. However, the power demonstration strategies and other promotional measures are on full throttle. Here are a few pictures and a video depicting the scene at Boileauganj, which HW captured yesterday evening.
The rallies, party campaigns, public meetings with the representatives of the parties, smiling faces followed by promotional slogan shines on huge billboard all over every city, and you would see leaders approaching the common man with their hands joined in a request to vote for them. Election times are the only times when the common man is considered somewhere. Anyways, the election fever for the assembly elections in Himachal has picked up heat. The election is not just elections in India, it’s a war of the world, created by the political parties. It’s apparent that in Himachal the war of the worlds is to be fought mainly between two giants – Congress and BJP.
The blame game, which these two parties are playing by putting allegations on each other, has always been a great tool to get voters’ attention. The Congress blames BJP for the high rate of ‘Ration’ in the state, while on the other hand BJP is assaulting Congress leader Virbhadra Sing with the charges of violating the provisions of section 118 of the Tenancy and Land Reforms Act and section 6 and 6A of the Ceiling on Land Holdings Act in case of the deal of the 4 hectares of tea estate in Palampur with a trust linked to Prashant Bhushan. One more factor that would be a great concern for a section of the voters is FDI in Retail, which is facing an opposition from BJP government. However, the Congress is supporting it on economical grounds.
Another factor that interferes with the chances of both, Congress and BJP, is the rebellion from Himachal Lokehit Party (HLP) headed by Maheshwar Singh, four times former MP. The alliance of HLP with the CPI and CIM would sure snatch a good enough number of voters from the two main parties. Inner party politics do matter when there is so much uncertainty among both, the public and the parties themselves. Mostly, it happens in the bid to get a ticket by influential people, who are beneficial for the party in any way. There is sometimes a truth behind these revolts deserving candidates are denied a ticket even at the last moment of the nomination period. The state which has a literacy rate of above 90%, the youth voters bank could prove to be a game changer in the elections to be held on 4 November next month. The victories that the left register for two important positions, in Shimla, Mayor and Dy. Mayor, hint at a wind of change.
As the elections are nearing, the supply of alcohol has also seen an increase. Last night, Nalagarh police caught a vehicle carrying 4 crates of Desi Sharab.The sticker of Congress on the vehicle has created a little problem for Raja Ji. Well, that’s the best temptation for the fourth class government employees and below poverty line laborers. A bottle of Desi can change a mind and our politicians knows it well enough.
Near about 45.9 lakh voters will cast their vote on November 4 at 7,253 polling stations across the state. The counting for the same would be done on 20 December. Well, the period in between
the day the election will be held and the day results will be announced, would be interesting enough to witness as the common man would be needed no more, at least before the results are out
Congress leader Virbhadra Singh’s visit to the Boileauganj party office