Congress, BJP Central leaders stay away from campaigning

Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 22

Top Central leaders of the Congress or the BJP, including JP Nadda, have still not campaigned in the state.

The Gandhis (Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka) have not come to the state to seek votes for the party candidates though new entrant into the Congress Kanhaiya Kumar has campaigned.

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, whose name figures in the list of star campaigners, seems disinterested in campaigning. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi is expected to spare a day but his tour is still not confirmed. "Chattisgrah Chief Minister Bhupesh Bhagel will address election meetings at Balh in Mandi and Kharapatthar in the Jubbal-Kotkhai segment on October 27," said Rajnish Khimta, Chief Organisational Secretary.

Former Union minister Anand Sharma and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda campaigned in Kullu today to seek votes for Pratibha Singh. Besides, CWC member and state in-charge Rajeev Shukla and AICC Secretary Sanjay Dutt have been campaigning for the party candidates.

BJP national president JP Nadda, who hails from Bilaspsur, too, is yet to head homeward to seek votes for the party candidates. The name of no Central BJP leader figures in the list of star campaigners. However, Nadda is expected to come soon for convassing.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP candidate Ram Swaroop had won the Mandi seat by a record margin of four lakh. Thus it is all the more essential for the party to ensure victory here.

Mandi is the home district of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. This makes the bypoll a prestige issue for him to ensure the victory of Brig Khushal Thakur (retd), who is fighting any election for the first time.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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