BJP banks on Dhumal for easy win

6 Nov 2017

Political temperatures are soaring in the cool climes of Sujanpur where BJP's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal is pitted against his protege Rajender Rana of the Congress, who is banking on the works undertaken by him.

In a bid to capture power, the BJP is going full throttle before the campaign ends on November 7. Like chief minister Virbhadra Singh, Dhumal has been criss-crossing the state for canvassing and his campaign here is being mainly handled by his younger son Arun Dhumal while elder son and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur have also canvassed here. At the party office here, Anurag Thakur's aide Anupam Lakhanpal is a busy man. He coordinates with party leaders and strategists to draw up campaign schedule and plans for the day's campaigning.

In a constituency of nearly 64,000 voters of which 15-20 per cent comprise serving and retired defence personnel, others are agriculturists and have small businesses, the party is making every attempt to reach out to each section of society.
"Ab Ki Bar Sujanpur Se Sarkar" and "Ab ki bar 60 kay par" are the hoardings which greet travelers on the pine tree lined route from Sujanpur to Hamirpur. BJP supporters feel that naming Dhumal as the chief ministerial candidate has given a boost to the party's prospects in entire Himachal as he wields considerable clout. They also feel Sujanpur will immensely benefit if the BJP wins from the seat.

However, Congress supporters say that Rana, who won the 2012 polls with a big margin of over 14,000 votes as an Independent before switching over to Congress later, is a no pushover. Criss-crossing the state, Dhumal in his poll rallies targets the Congress over alleged corruption, deterioration of law and order, flourishing of land, forest and drug mafia and financial mismanagement. He promises to take the "Devbhoomi" (land of Gods) as Himachal is called to new heights if the BJP wins the polls.