In Race for Himachal Pradesh, BJP to pick cards wisely

Chandigarh: Only a few days are left for voting for the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh. There is a direct contest between the BJP and the Congress in the hill state, but this time the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also trying to compete. However, the presence of AAP is not visible in Himachal as compared to Gujarat, due to which election analysts are considering BJP and Congress as the main parties. The BJP, which has been in power for the last five years in the hill state, is facing many problems. Although the party is claiming to form the government again, but due to three reasons, the problems of BJP have increased. The first is the electoral history of the hill state for the past three decades. The second reason is the rebel leaders of BJP entering the electoral fray and the third reason is the old pension scheme. While these three can be a problem for BJP, Congress is excited because of it.

Rebel leaders are increasing the trouble of BJP

BJP national president JP Nadda comes from Himachal Pradesh. It was here that he also learned the skills of politics. Now that BJP is contesting elections in the state under his leadership, then many rebel leaders are increasing the problems of the party. In fact, during ticket distribution, BJP has cut the tickets of many MLAs and ministers who won the last assembly elections. The party has convinced some leaders, but about 20 rebels are standing in the field. Experts believe that these rebel leaders have a lot of hold on these seats and they will harm the BJP somewhere in the elections. At first, the party tried to persuade these leaders, but when they did not agree, the BJP sternly showed the way out of the party for six years to five top leaders including four former MLAs and a party vice-president.

PM Modi is also keeping a close watch, called himself

How important Himachal Pradesh is for BJP, it is known that PM Narendra Modi is closely monitoring the entire election. Even in the past, he himself made a phone call to the rebel leader and asked him not to contest the elections. Kripal Parmar, who is contesting as an independent from Fatehpur assembly seat in Kangra district, was called by PM Modi and said that he will not listen to anything and that he has a right on Kripal. After the video of this entire conversation surfaced, it also went viral on social media, after which the Congress also targeted. Due to not getting ticket from BJP, Parmar is very angry and has hit the beat as an independent. The former Rajya Sabha MP says that in the last assembly elections, he was defeated by only 1200 votes. He has also been the vice-president of the party in the state.

Tension of BJP increasing old pension scheme

The old pension scheme is becoming a big issue in Himachal Pradesh. Congress has promised that if their government is formed in the state, then the old pension scheme will be implemented for the employees. Top party leaders are citing Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, where OPS has already been implemented. Experts believe that due to the large number of retired employees in the state, there may be a problem in the elections for the BJP. About 1.25 lakh employees come under the new pension scheme and if their families are also included, then a large number of voters are formed. About three thousand votes are made in each assembly. If some of these votes also move from here to there, the results may also be affected.

BJP upset due to electoral history

Talking about the electoral history of Himachal Pradesh, the trend of change of power has been seen here after every five years. For the last three decades, one party government is followed by another party’s government. The same trend has been in Rajasthan as well. Talking about the history of the hill state of Himachal, it has been occupied by the Congress once and the next time by the BJP since the mid-80s. After the victory of BJP in the year 2017, Jai Ram Thakur was given the command of Chief Minister. Prior to that Virbhadra Singh of Congress was the Chief Minister from 2012-2017.

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