Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh may be around 10 months away,but the states top politicians are campaigning hard in Punjab and Uttarakhand,seemingly believing the trends in the two neighbouring states would be replicated in the hill state.
While Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has just returned after campaigning in Uttarakhand for Wednesdays statehood day function at Sundernagar and later the R-Day function in Shimla,Union Minister Virbhadra Singh will reach Uttarakhand for a day-long campaign on January 26.
Dhumal has already postponed the January 27 Cabinet meeting to January 30. Immediately after Shimla engagements,he will travel to Una for joining the BJP campaign on January 27 at Mukerian,Ropar and Anandpur Sahib,all areas bordering Himachal Pradesh.
Senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar and BJP general secretary J P Nadda have already been camping in Punjab.
Things are very positive for the party in Punjab and Uttarakhand. The Akali Dal-BJP coalition will return to power comfortably, said Nadda on the phone from Amritsar.
Prior to this,MP and All India Bharatiya Yuva Janata Morcha president Anurag Thakur has also been to Uttarakhand and Punjab for taking part in the campaigning.
Interestingly,BJP state president Khimi Ram has not been picked up by the party,though some sitting ministers from Kangra and Chief Parliamentary Secretaries hailing from Una have been asked to campaign in areas of Punjab close to Himachal border.
The Opposition Congress finds its prospects favourable in Punjab. If the party returns to power in Punjab,the trends would be replicated in Himachal Pradesh. This is the reason why we want the Akali Dal-BJP combine defeated in the January 30 elections, said sitting MLA and PCC media incharge Mukesh Agnihotri.
Agnihotri,who was earlier appointed a party poll observer for Uttarakhand,said PCC president Kaul Singh Thakur,who had met with an accident sometime ago,had been exempted from campaigning but Virbhadra Singh would be campaigning in Uttarakhand and Punjab.
While Congress Legislature Party leader Vidya Stokes is holding the fort back home,Asha Kumari,former minister and AICC secretary,has been sent to Uttarakhand to oversee the party campaign,especially rallies addressed by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.