Election Report: In Himachal Pradesh, the government kept changing every 5 years, will the customs really change this time?
Voting for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections will be held on November 12.
This time in Himachal Pradesh, along with BJP and Congress, Aam Aadmi Party is also contesting elections.
All political parties have released election manifesto to woo the public.
Shimla. Since the announcement of the election dates in Himachal Pradesh, all the parties are busy in their campaign vigorously and are claiming their victory. On one hand the BJP and on the other hand the Congress is constantly trying to woo the people. At the same time, the Aam Aadmi Party has also jumped in this election, due to which the political battle of Himachal has become triangular. Polling will be held here on November 12, while the results will be out on December 8.
While the Congress is trying to build its campaign on ‘Himachal Ka Sankalp, Congress Hi Vikalp’, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has given the people of Himachal the slogan ‘Raj Nahi Riyaz Badalenge’. Let us tell you that since 1985, ‘Dev Bhoomi’ has not repeated any government, but the question is whether BJP will change the trend this time in Himachal Pradesh like Uttarakhand?
Since 1985, Congress, BJP got alternate opportunities
In 1985, the Congress won 58 of the 68 assembly seats, while the BJP got seven seats here. Virbhadra Singh was appointed as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. The Congress failed to secure a second term with the BJP winning 46 seats in the 1990 elections, five years after a massive victory. BJP’s Shanta Kumar came in place of Virbhadra Singh. However, his term could not last for five years, as President’s rule was imposed in Himachal after the demolition of Babri in 1992.
Congress returned in 1993
Then when the assembly elections were held in 1993, Congress returned to power winning 52 seats and Virbhadra Singh came to power for the second time as Chief Minister. After this, in the 1998 elections, Congress and BJP won 31 seats each, but the saffron party formed the government with the help of Himachal Vikas Congress. This time Prem Kumar Dhumal was made the Chief Minister.
BJP made a comeback in 2017
The same pattern continued in the 2003 assembly elections when the Congress returned to power winning 43 seats and Virbhadra Singh was made the chief minister. In the 2007 elections, the BJP again captured 41 seats. In 2012, the Congress formed the government with 36 MLAs, while the BJP won a two-thirds majority in the 2017 election, winning 44 seats.
Is Congress following your path?
The Congress is pinning its hopes for a return to the hill state on issues like anti-incumbency, inflation and unemployment and the legacy of party veteran Virbhadra Singh. The Congress’ five key promises are aimed at wooing voters, in what some in the BJP are calling “AAP-style Revdi politics”. To woo 48 per cent voters, the Congress has made a huge promise of Rs 1,500 per month for women in the age group of 18 to 60 years. Along with this, a total of 300 units of free electricity is also offered.
The party has confidence in the popularity of PM Modi
On the other hand, the BJP has promised Uniform Civil Code (UCC), 33 per cent reservation for women in government jobs and educational institutions, and relaxations for various sectors. The party also released a separate manifesto for women. Cycles for girl students of classes 6 to 12 and scooters for girls pursuing higher education and five new medical colleges will be built if his party remains in power. The BJP is also counting on the popularity of PM Narendra Modi, who will also address several rallies before the polls.
Aam Aadmi Party made the contest triangular
For decades, there has been a contest between the BJP and the Congress in Himachal. But this time the contest is likely to be triangular with the entry of Aam Aadmi Party in the fray. However, BJP president JP Nadda said that AAP’s security deposit in all 68 constituencies of Himachal Pradesh will be forfeited. Buoyed by the victory in Punjab, AAP is contesting the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has made several visits to the hill state, which has chosen only the BJP and the Congress for several decades.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 07, 2022, 19:38 IST