January 21, 2009 1:00:35 am
Has fielded Virender Kashyap,six-time loser in Assembly and Lok Sabha polls
Will the BJP overcome the jinx on the Shimla parliamentary seat? This is a million dollar question doing the rounds in the party rank and file these days,as it has fielded Virender Kashyap,a six-time loser in both the Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections. Moreover,the party has never won this seat.
Since the candidate is considered to be a Dhumal loyalist,the election here would also be a test for the Chief Minister himself for picking Virender Kashyap despite an unimpressive political career.
The factors that the BJP is likely to exploit in its favour include its strength in this constituency,with eight of the 17 Vidhan Sabha seats,besides support of Independent MLA Rakesh Verma from Theog.
Two ministers Narendra Bragta from Jubbal Kotkhai and Rajeev Bindal from Solan would also be another factor that the party is likely to bank upon.
In the last LS election contested by Virender Kashyap,he lost by a comparatively lower margin of 42,000 votes,while
H N Kashyap,who contested on a BJP ticket,lost by over one lakh votes in 2004. This could be one of the factors why the BJP zeroed in on Virender (against H N Kashyap).
Talking to Newsline,Virender Kashyap said,Our strategy in the election would be to go to the people with achievements of the Dhumal-led BJP government in the state. Activation of party workers to raise confidence of the people in the party would also be crucial.
The past trends in Himachal during parliamentary elections show that the ruling party manages to sweep majority of the seats,but for the BJP,Shimla has always been a hard nut to crack.
The trend has been reflected in elections of the Shimla Municipal Corporation as well,which has been dominated by the Congress.
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