Confident of victory on the back of his nine-month tenure in the present Lok Sabha,Anurag Thakur,BJP candidate from Hamirpur,has termed the candidature of former cricketer Madan Lal by the Congress as no potential threat.
To me,it never mattered who the Congress candidate was,Madan Lal or Narinder Thakur. I am sure of a victory with a larger margin this time, he said,while talking to The Indian Express from Hamirpur.
Thakur,who is the president of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association,however,refrained from making a direct comment on Madan Lal. He is a former cricketer and my close friend. He is a decent man,but his party cannot win a single seat in Himachal, he said. As for the Congress,he criticised the party in no uncertain terms. The Congress is facing a revolt-like situation in the constituency. Given the way the party is falling apart,Madan Lal seems to have been made a scapegoat, he said,adding,State Congress chief Kaul Singh Thakur is under attack from his own partymen,for ignoring local leaders and supporting Madan Lal instead of Narinder Thakur.
In the bypoll to Hamirpur constituency held last year after his father Prem Kumar Dhumal became the CM,Thakur defeated former MLA O P Rattan,considered a political lightweight,by a record margin of 1.74 lakh votes.
Listing the achievements of the state government and his own contributions to the constituencys development as his main poll planks,he plans to ask for votes on issues including the Jan-Shatabadi train for Una,release of Rs 350 crore for Bhanupalli-Bilaspur railway line,road projects worth over Rs 100 crore and construction of stadiums in three districts-Una,Bilaspur and Hamirpur.
He claimed the BJP would win all four seats in Himachal. The UPA has done nothing in the past five years. Himachal has been denied its legitimate rights (by the Centre), he said.