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Electing next Chief Minister of Himachal would be a tricky task for BJP

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Four-time MLA Suresh Bhardwaj, who has been associated with the BJP since its inception and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is the most deserving candidate for the post, say his supporters.  

Shimla: After the tragedy that struck the senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, the names of a couple of MLAs are doing rounds for being under consideration for the top post.

The BJP high-command has given the task to sort out this conflict to the Union ministers Nirmala Sitaraman and Narendra Singh Tomar. These two members will be in Himachal today to talk to all the stakeholders to judge the directions of the wind.

The caste does matter in Himachal, which apparently makes Thakur as the first choice.

It is noteworthy that despite his defeat, PK Dhumal camp is not stepping back and hoping for what appears to be impossible. Would BJP take such risk of electing a leader for the top position who individually failed to win elections?

In case of JP Nadda, it would cast a negative effect on the party management as his selection for the Chief Minister would leave a post vacant at the Centre. The government would have to spend on by-polls to fill this vacancy.  

Therefore, five times MLA Jairam Thakur, who has also served as the State party president and as a minister in the Dhumal government, is being speculated to be leading in the race. Thakur and some other MLAs like Rajiv Bindal and Suresh Bhardwaj were summoned by the high-command to the party headquarters.  

The supporters of four-times MLA Suresh Bhardwaj, who registered his third consecutive win on the Shimla-urban seat, are seeking high-commands attention.

Bhardwaj has a clean record with no criminal cases, a respectable academic record (Bsc. and LLB), and he has also served as the State party chief. The supporters argue that despite being a senior and highly experienced leader, Bhardwaj is being ignored deliberately as he is an honest politician.

Bhardwaj had become a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at a tender age. He has served as the Vice-President and President of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad too, said his supporters.

He has been associated with the BJP since its inception during 1980 and was one of the leaders jailed during the emergency. He is the most deserving candidate for the post, said his supporters.

On his Facebook timeline, we came across a video of him, in which he recites his political carrer and achievements:

Other prominent names for the seat may include Mohinder Singh from Dharampur, who became MLA for the seventh time, and four-time MLA Krishan Kapoor.

The BJP registered a comfortable win with a full majority of 44 seats in the 68-member Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh. However, this victory came with a touch of grey as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the party, Prem Kumar Dhumal, faced a humiliating defeat by the hands of his Congress rival Rajinder Rana with a margin of 2,933 votes in the battle for Sujanpur seat.    

The political critics are of the view that ill-fated Dhumal fell victim to its party’s own politics. The BJP-high command shifted him from his comfort zone Hamirpur to Sujanpur. The announcement came just nine days before the polling day – November 9, leaving no time for campaigning.

Prior to his announcement as the CM candidate, JP Nadda’s active presence and political activity had created suspicion in the minds of Dhumal camp. It appears, the high-command played a tricky game with Dhumal.

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HP ByPolls 2021: No Big Guns in BJP Star Campaigners’ List   

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HP Bye Polls BJP star campaigner list

Shimla-Following the completion of the round for filing nominations for Himachal Pradesh Bye-Polls 2021 for Mandi Lok Sabha seat and three Assembly constituencies – Arki, Fatehpur, and Jubbal-Kotkhai, Bharatiya Janata Party has also released the list of its star campaigners.

The opposition Congress had already released the list that included names of Kanahaiya Kumar, who has been newly inducted into the party. Other than that, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chief Minister of Punjab Charan Singh Channi, Raj Babbar, and Sachin Pilot were also on the list among other names.

Also Read: List of Congress Star Campaigners for HP Bye-Polls 2021

It was being speculated that big guns like Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, JP Nadda etc could be on the list of star campaigners, however, any such names were missing. Anurag Thakur is the only Union Minister who would be campaigning in Himachal. BJP has also not included the name of MP Kishan Kapoor. The party is relying mostly on local leadership.

BJP’s list of star campaigners for HP ByePolls 2021 includes the following leaders:

Suresh Kashyap

Jairam Thakur

Shanta Kumar

Prem Kumar Dhumal

Anuraag Thakur

Avinash Rai Khanna

Sanjay Tandon

Mehndra Singh Thakur

Suresh Bharadwaj

Virendra Kanwar

Bikarm Singh Thakur

Govind Singh Thakur

Rajeev Sahjal

Sukhram Chaudhary

Rakesh Pathania

Rajeev Bindal

Sushree Indu Goswami

Trilok Jamval

Trilok Kapur

Rakesh Jamval

 

 

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HP ByPolls 2021: Total 24 Candidates File Nominations, Including Chetan Bragta as Independent Candidate

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HP bye-Polls 2021 nominations

Shimla-Nominations for Himachal Pradesh By-Elections 2021 were filed on Friday by a total of 24 candidates, of which four are substitute candidates and nine independent. Two candidates of the Himachal Jan Kranti Party have also filed nominations from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat and the Fatehpur Assembly constituency. The remaining one nomination was filed by the candidate of Rashtriya Lok Neeti Party from Mandi Lok Sabha seat.

Today was the last day for filing nominations.

The nominations would be scrutinized on October 11, and October 13 would be the last date to withdraw nominations. The polling would be held on October 30. 

While Congress has played safe and facing lesser in-fighting over the distribution of tickets, BJP faced resistance on all three Assembly seats – Arki, Jubbal-Kotkhai, and Fatehpur.

While BJP managed to convince two of its miffed leaders from Arki and Fatehpur to not file nominations as independent candidates, it couldn’t stop Chetan Bragta – son of former MLA Narender Bragta-from revolting. Bragta filed his nomination as an independent candidate from the Jubbal-Kotkhai Assembly seat where BJP had picked Neelam Seraik over him. A large procession followed Bragta while he filed the nomination. His supporters even blocked the road for Seraik who was on her way to file the nomination. Bragta’s supporters also shouted slogans against Suresh Bhardwaj, who is in-charge of the Jubbal-Kotkhai constituency for these bye-elections.

It’s pertinent to mention that Narender Bragta and Suresh Bhardwaj didn’t enjoy good political relations. When Bhardwaj was given charge of this constituency for the bye-elections, the decision had raised the eyebrows of supporters of Bragta. In this constituency, BJP is likely to face a hard time claiming a victory if it couldn’t convince Bragta to withdraw his nomination.

However, BJP leadership managed to convince Govind Sharma and Kripal Parmar, who were miffed over being denied ticket from Arki and Fatehpur seats respectively, to not jump into the fray as rebels.

 HP ByPolls 2021: INC and BJP Candidates from Three Assembly Constituencies 

Assembly Constituency

INC

BJP

Jubbal-Kotkhai (Shimla)

Rohit Thakur 

Neelam Seraik

Arki (Solan)

Ratan Singh Pal

Sanjay Awasthi 

Fatehpur (Kangra)

Bhawani Singh Pathania 

Baldev Thakur

     

 

INC and BJP Candidates from One Lok Sabha Seat

Mandi Lok Sabha Seat 

INC

BJP

       
 

Pratibha Singh 

Brig (Retired) Kushal Chand

     
             
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HP ByPolls 2021: Congress Star Campaigners List Out, Includes Kanhaiya Kumar Too

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Shimla-Ahead of Himachal Pradesh By-Elections 2021 to be held on October 30, the political environment is charging up in the state. Friday is the last date for filing nominations and most of the candidates have completed this formality. Today, Pratibha Singh – INC candidate from Mandi Lok Sabha seat also filed nomination.

The round for political rallies, public meetings, and door-to-door campaigning has also been kicked off. As usual, star campaigners from outside and within the state would campaign for the candidates.  

HP Congress has issued the list of star campaigners. This list also included newly inducted left-wing face Kanhaiya Kumar. Other than that, Punjab’s new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Chaani and Navjot Singh Sidhu are also on the list.

Though the Election Commission has issued directions regarding strict adherence to Covid-19 norms and put some restrictions on gatherings and rallies, it’s to be seen whether the parties would comply with them or not. The number of Star Campaigners was restricted to 20 for these bye-elections for National /State recognized parties and 10 for unrecognized registered parties in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Also Read: All HP By-Polls 2021 Guidelines and Covid Protocols That Are Likely to be Eschewed

Following Leaders Would Campaign in Himachal for INC:

 

Bhupesh Baghel

Charanjit Singh Chaani

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Anand Sharma

Rajeev Shukla

Raj Babbar

Asha Kumari

Dhaniaram Shandil

Sachin Pilot

Gurkirat Singh Kotli

Navjot Singh Sdhu

Sanjay Dutt

Thakur Kaul Singh

Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu

Kuldeep Singh Rathore

Mukesh Agnihotri

Rajender Rana

Dharamvir Singh Rana

Kanhaiya Kumar

Vikramaditya Singh 

 
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