Himachal Pradesh State Assembly elections are almost here. The term for the current legislative assembly will end on 7th January 2018 which is why the election season is finally here in the state. The date for the election is set as 9th November 2017 while the results will be announced on 18th December 2017. This has been done so that the effects of HP elections are not seen on the Gujarat elections which are also being held before the result date of Himachal Pradesh elections.
While both the major parties, Congress and BJP, seem to be up and charged to fight the battle of politics due November, the tension in both camps is predictably dense. Congress minister Anil Sharma called it quits from CM Virbhadra Singh’s cabinet on the grounds that he could not stand the humiliation his father had to face in the recent Congress rally headed by Rahul Gandhi in Mandi. Anil Sharma’s father, Sukh Ram, is a veteran leader and a very prominent face of Himachal Pradesh politics in the 90s. He was barred from the stage at the rally which is one of the major reason that Anil Sharma had for leaving Congress. Anil Sharma has been immediately given a ticket to contest election from Mandi district by BJP.
Congress is certain about its CM candidate choice i.e. Virbhadra Singh but BJP has not yet voiced its decision on CM candidature. According to political surveys around the state, Prem Kumar Dhumal has risen as the topmost choice but the final name is not yet out. BJP supporters believe that something as unlikely as the rise of Yogi Adityanath as the CM of Uttar Pradesh might happen in Himachal Pradesh as well if the party comes out with the majority seats. Although the probability of Prem Kumar Dhumal to become the next HP CM is very high, the possibility of a surprise candidate cannot be avoided.
BJP is already out with the list of candidates for the 68 seats at the State Assembly. Following are the photographs of the original copy of the list.
Congress will be out on its list of candidates within a couple of days. The meeting for deciding the candidates was done today morning at Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s residence.
Currently, the filing of nominations is underway from 16th October 2017 to 23rd October 2017.
The politically aware population of Himachal Pradesh has risen over the years and it is unlikely that a candidate will win a seat only on namesake basis. Nevertheless, it will be quite interesting to know which party wins the most seats in Himachal Pradesh and forms a government for the betterment of the state along with the long-term effects of the same on national politics.