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HP Polls 2017: Complete lists of BJP & Congress Star Campaigners

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HP Polls star campaigners

Shimla: The political battle over the power in Himachal Pradesh has gained more momentum as the last date of the nomination is over. As per official report, total 479 candidates including independent candidates have filed their nominations.

Both the major candidate parties, BJP and Congress, have also announced the list of their star campaigner who will appeal people to cast votes in favor of their respective parties in the elections to the Legislative Assembly of HP scheduled for November 9.

Each party has named about 40 personalities including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yogi Adityanath, Amit Shah and top leaders of the opposition including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

However, the parties have not declared the schedule for these campaigners.

Cong Star Campaigners  BJP Star Campaigners 
Sonia Gandhi Narendra Modi
Rahul Gandhi Amit Shah
Manmohan Singh Rajnath Singh
Sushil Kumar Shinde Arun Jaitley
Ghulam Nabi Azad Nitin Gadkari
Ambika Soni Sushma Swaraj
Virbahdra Singh Ramlal ji
Anand Sharma Jagat Prakash Nadda
Amarinder Singh Thawarchand Gehlot
Sukhvinder Singh Sukku Smriti Irani
Sheila Dikshit Uma Bharti
Bhupinder Singh Hooda Shivraj Singh Choudhary
Harish Rawat Manohar Lal Khattar
Selja Kumari Yogi Adityanath
Bhanwar Jitender Singh Trivendra Singh Rawat
Jyotiraditya Scindia Nirmal Singh
Sachin Pilot VK Singh
Randeep S Surjewala Vijay Sampla
Raj Babbar  Mangal Pandey
Ranjeet Rajnjan Manoj Tiwari
Pramod Tiwari Satpal Maharaj
Pratabh Singh Bajwa Satpal Singh Satti
Sunil Jakhar Prem Kumar Dhumal
Manish Tiwari Shanta Kumar
Navjot Singh Sidhu Anurag Thakur
Amarinder Singh Raja Brar Virendra kashyap
Gaurav Gogoi Ram Swaroop Sharma
Sushmita Dev Sambit Patra
Bhulam Ahmed Mir Pawan Rana
Ashok Tanwar Chandra Mohan Thakur
GS Bali Ram Singh
Kaul Singh Thakur Praveen Sharma
Kuldeep Sharma Rashmidhar Shud
Pritam Singh Ganesh Dutt
Charanjit Singh Channi Sandeepni Bhardwaj
Man Preet Singh Badal Uttam Choudhary
Madan Lal Sharma  Sikander Kumar
Jaiveer Shergil Suraj Negi
Kailasho Saini Mohammad Rajbali
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The BJP will be banking on the ‘Modi wave’, which is rapidly losing its force post demonetization and haphazard implementation of the Goods Services Tax (GST).

While BJP will concentrate on inflicting damage to the reputation of the Congress party in Himachal by rubbing salt in the wounds of the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh by highlighting over the money laundering and disproportionate assets cases, Congress is likely to highlight the developmental achievements of the current government, failure of Gujrat model, demonetization, and GST.

Congress is likely to stick to activities like opening or upgrading of schools, primary health centres, colleges etc. and introduction of skill development program and allowances.

The dynasty politics is another issue that the BJP will try to exploit. Along with Chief Minister’s son, there are other Congress leaders who have managed to secure ticket for their offspring i.e. Champa Thakur and Ashish Butail.

For Congress, the son of BJP supermo Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, will be on Congress’s target. 

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Himachal BJP Chief Satti Barred from Campaigning by EC for MCC Violation

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Shimla-The Election Commission of India has barred Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti from campaigning for 48 hours. This prohibition would begin from 10 am tomorrow onwards for two days for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

This makes him the first such leader from Himachal Pradesh who was barred from campaigning for violating MCC.

Satti had used an obscene slur for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi while addressing a public meeting in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.  The EC had taken strict note of it and had issued a notice. Satti had filed a reply justifying himself that he was merely narrating a Facebook comment made by some other person. He also alleged media of presenting edited video clip with manipulations. However, this justification failed to appeal to the EC as the word used by Satti was highly derogatory.  

Also, it was alleged that Satti had made objectionable remarks over religious sect Radha Swami, for which he had also apologized.

Here is what Satti Had Said About Rahul Gandhi:

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

However, Satti is yet to receive a response to the reply he has filed to a second notice served to him by EC for again making objectionable comments about Priyanka Vadra dressing and Rahul Gandhi’s bachelorhood in public meeting in Una.  The second notice was sent on the basis of video footage recorded by EC’s video surveillance team.

Himachal Pradesh Congress had launched a statewide protest against Satti along with submission of a complaint to the EC. An FIR was also lodged against Satti in relation to his derogatory comments.  Effigies were burnt at various places. Youth wing of the State Congress had smeared black paint on the face of Satti in BJP posters in Shimla. Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had gone to the extent of saying that Satti had lost his mental balance.

State BJP leaders have so far avoided condemning Satti’s remarks, which also drew criticism from the opposition.

BJP leaders like Shanta Kumar, however, defended Satti. Shanta said Satti had apologized for his remarks. However, Satti had only apologized to Radha Swami organization. He had refused to apologize to Rahul Gandhi. He maintained that Rahul had also been addressing PM Modi as Chowkidar Chor or Chore while addressing rallies and public meetings.

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Black Paint Smeared on HP BJP Chief’s Face in Posters, Congress Also Files Police Complaint

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Black Paint Smeared on Satpal Satti's Posters in Shimla

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has filed a complaint to police for lodging an FIR against Satpal Singh Satti, President of BJP HP, for making derogatory remarks and statements against INC President Rahul Gandhi. Congress said this news was also published by various newspapers on Monday.

HPCC has already made a call for state-wide protest against Satti on April 16.

At the same time, the obscene remarks have angered the State Youth Congress. Workers of Youth Congress were smearing black paint on Satti’s face on BJP poster in Shimla as a protest. Workers can also be seen in the video writing ‘Besharm Satti’ (Shameless) on BJP posters.

The State President of Youth Congress, Manish Thakur, has made a call do the same with BJP chief’s face on posters across the State. All workers across Himachal should boycott and burn effigies of Satti in their respective constituencies, he said.

In its complaint, HPCC said that on April 14, 2019, Satpal Singh Satti was addressing a public meeting organised at Ramshaher of  Nalagarh Vidhan Sabha Assembly in District Solan. During his address, he allegedly passed derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhiji and former UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. These remarks were highly defamatory and against women’s dignity, Congress said in its complaint. It also alleged that the objectionable remarks used by Satti are also in gross violation of the guidelines laid down by Election Commission of India.

The unparliamentary language used by Satti while delivering the speech in this meeting tarnishes the image of AICC President Rahul Gandhi, the complaint said.

 The abusive remarks used against Sonia Gandhi are damaging the public image of a woman, who is given the utmost importance in the Social Indian setup, it said.

These remarks would tarnish the image of Congress Party in India as well as in Himachal, the complaint said.  Congress also complained that Satti has committed a criminal offence by passing derogatory remarks and has also violated the guidelines issued by Election Commission of India for smooth conduction of elections.  Some cuttings from today’s Dallies were also attached with the complaint.

Satti, as per a PTI report, refused to apologize for the remarks, and said he was merely reading contents of a comment posted by someone on social media.  Instead, he said Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders should apologise for using ‘chor’ word for PM.

I have narrated an incident while addressing a public meeting in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan district whereby a derogatory remark was made against Rahul in retaliation of using ‘chor’ word for PM in a viral social media message,

he told PTI.

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Himachal BJP Chief Caught on Camera Passing Obscene Remarks at Rahul Gandhi

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Satpal Singh Satti's abusive remark on rahul gandhi

Shimla-Satpal Singh Satti, the president of Bhartiya Janata Party’s Himachal Pradesh unit, was caught on camera passing obscene remarks at INC President Rahul Gandhi Gandhi.  He was addressing a public meeting of SC morcha in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.

Satti has defended it arguing that he only read a comment made on Rahul Gandhi by some Facebook user. He said he only wanted to convey that if Rahul Gandhi can address the Prime Minister as “Chowkidar Chor Hai” from the public stage, he should be ready to face similar derogatory remarks.

However, Satti’s language registered a new low in the battle of political statements ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.   

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

The State unit of Congress and its leaders have sought an public apology from the BJP Chief and warned him that this matter would be taken to the Election Commission of India. State Congress unit has made a call for statewide protest on April 16.

Afraid of losing elections, Congress said, BJP is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the people from real issues.

We are taking the opinion of our legal cell. Subsequently, we may file a formal complaint against him with the EC,

a Congress Spokesperson said.

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