Himachal Pradesh election 2017: Riding on Narendra Modi magic, BJP wants to break all records

By: | Updated: October 6, 2017 10:38 AM

Himachal Pradesh election 2017: Poll bugle was sounded in the hill state with Chief Election Commission Achal Kumar Joti signalling that the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections may be held in the first half of November.

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Himachal Pradesh election 2017: Poll bugle was sounded in the hill state with Chief Election Commission Achal Kumar Joti signalling that the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections may be held in the first half of November, according to Indian Express report. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had described Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as a zamanati chief minister (CM out on bail). PM Modi said this during his visit to Bilaspur to inaugurate an AIIMS. PM Modi’s this remark has hinted that the corruption charges against the CM will be BJP’s biggest weapon. Notably, it was PM Modi’s third recent visit to Himachal. Earlier, PM Modi held rallies in Mandi and Shimla as part of the BJP’s parivartan campaign.

Rahul Gandhi’s had visited Mandi on Saturday. Significantly, it was the first to the state by any top Congress leader in the last nine months.

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The BJP is confident of garnering another historic mandate after Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The party believes it will be helped by “Modi magic” and an anti-incumbency trend that has seen Himachal change hands every five years, except in 1985 when Virbhadra led the Congress to a second successive victory. Victories in two assembly bypolls and the Shimla Municipal Corporation, besides Uttarakhand and UP, have raised the BJP’s confidence in Himachal, known as “Devbhumi” and a “soft Hindutva” state, according to India Express report.

On the other, Virbhadra does not want to give up easily, despite the odds stacked against him — age, corruption cases and an indifferent Congress that apparently wants him out. Virbhadra is in the race not just for the Congress or himself, but also to ensure son Vikramaditya a place in the assembly and the party. Last month, father and son toured the Shimla Rural constituency together. Virbhadra had won from here in 2012, but Vikramaditya may contest the seat this time, IE report said.

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