The trend of Congress' dynasty politics continues in Himachal Pradesh.
The last day of filing nominations for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections saw the trend of dynasty politics again overtaking the Congress party, whereas BJP went ahead to include as many as 14 first-timers. Congress has again shown its affinity towards fathers and sons contesting elections.
As per The Indian Express, Congress has maintained the legacy of having seniors in the party, the Congress has replaced only four sitting MLAs and half a dozen others from the last election. Congress seems to have done away with its very own ‘one family, one ticket’ rule. While Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is fighting the elections from a new seat, Arki; his son Vikramaditya Singh, 29, is contesting from Shimla Rural. And not only the Singh family, Minister Kaul Singh Thakur’s family also enjoys similar luxury. Thakur has managed a ticket for his daughter Champa from Mandi. Speaker B B L Butail and his son Ashish, and senior leader Amar Nath Sharma and his son Vivek too are contesting.
Meanwhile, BJP has made 21 changes, including 14 first-timers. BJP’s most senior candidate is 73-year-old former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and he is seen as one of the CM candidates along with Union Health Minister J P Nadda. Dhumal is contesting from Sujanpur — where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a massive pre-poll rally in 2014 as per The Indian Express. This time, the BJP has given tickets to six women while the Congress has given to four including 90-year-old Vidya Stokes (contesting the polls for the 10th time), Dalhousie MLA Asha Kumari, Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur, and Kaul Singh Thakur’s daughter Champa Thakur.