Both Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal are testing the political waters in new constituencies this time
Shimla/Hamirpur : Politics may still be a distant destination for sons of Himachal Pradesh veteran politicians, but they have already hit the campaign trail for their fathers.
Five-time Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya Singh and two-time BJP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal’s youngest son Arun Dhumal are campaigning aggressively on the new battlegrounds of their fathers.
Both Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal are testing the political waters in these constituencies for the first time. While Virbhadra Singh’s bastion Rohru in Shimla district has been reserved for the Scheduled Castes after the Delimitation Commission redrew the boundaries of constituencies in Himachal after a gap of three decades, Dhumal’s stronghold Bamsan in Hamirpur district has been scrapped.
The state Congress chief is now contesting from a newly created constituency, whereas the BJP leader is contesting from a constituency which has a sizeable number of voters shifted from the scrapped Bamsan constituency.
Dhumal has won three consecutive elections from Bamsan, including the last with a margin of over 26,000 votes, while Virbhadra Singh wrested Rohru five times with record margins.
“To ensure the victory of Raja Saab (as Virbhadra Singh is popularly known), his entire team is making efforts and I am part of the team. He will again score a historic win,” Vikramaditya Singh (23), a student of Delhi’s St Stephens College, told IANS.
As many as 45.9 lakh Himachal voters will cast their ballots on November 4 and the results will be declared on December 20.