Satpal Satti interview: The Congress has a traditional vote bank in the state, but they lost ground after the Balakot strike. Ours is an Army-dominated state, so border issues affect Himachal psychologically.
In a veiled attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Satti had said, “They call the watchman of the entire country a thief. Whoever calls our father a thief will hear equally derogatory replies from us... BJP leaders are sitting here, if anyone raises a finger at them, we will chop off their hands.”
A third-time MLA, Satti had the backing of top party leadership - former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Union minister for Health J P Nadda, party veteran Shanta Kumar and organising secretary Pawan Rana.
As the Himachal unit of the BJP gets ready to chose its new executive,unit the party president, Satpal Satti,has given hints that at least 25 per cent of the new body will comprise of new faces who may help finalise party strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and counter Congresss bid to cement its foothold in the state after having returned to power.