Not only will the outcome of the assembly election be decided by the results announced on December 8, but it will also determine the future of dynastic politics in Himachal Pradesh.
In Himachal Pradesh, a number of people, in addition to the past chief ministers of the Congress, Virbhadra Singh, and the BJP, Prem Kumar Dhumal, have safeguarded the political careers of their children and grandchildren.
The BJP has previously attacked the Congress on the “parivarvaad” issue, but in this election, the saffron party found itself endorsing dynasty politics.
Both the Congress and the BJP have a large number of candidates with political ties. In the Congress party, Vikramaditya Singh, running for the Shimla (Rural) Assembly seat in the Shimla district, is the son of the late former chief minister Virbhadra Singh. Rohit Thakur, running for the Jubbal-Kotkhai seat in the Shimla district, is the late former chief minister Ram Lal Thakur’s grandson.
Vinay Kumar, running for the Sirmaur district assembly seat of Renukaji, is the son of former MLA late Prem Singh; Harshwardhan Chauhan, running for the Sirmaur district assembly seat of Shillai, is the son of former minister late Guman Singh Chauhan; Vinod Sultanpur, running for the Solan district assembly seat of Kasauli, is the son of former MP late K D Sultanpuri; and Ashish Butail, running for the Kan
Raghubir Singh Bali, the son of former minister late G S Bali, is running for the Nagrota Assembly seat in the Kangra district. Ajay Mahajan, the son of former minister late Sat Mahajan, is running for the Nurpur Assembly seat. Bhawani Singh Pathania, the son of former minister late Sujan Singh Pathania, is running for the Fatehpur Assembly seat. Ravi Thakur, the son of former MLA late Lata Thakur, is running for the Lahaul
The son of the late former minister Raj Krishan Gaur, Bhuvaneshwar Gaur is running for the Manali Assembly seat. In the Mandi district, the late former minister Kaul Singh Thakur is running for the Drang seat, and his daughter Champa Thakur is running for the Mandi (Sadar) seat on the Congress ticket.
This time, the BJP has also adopted a dynastic root in an effort to maintain power. Neelam Nayyar, the wife of the incumbent MLA Pawan Nayyar, is running for the Chamba seat. Rajat Thakur, the incumbent MLA, and minister Mahender Singh Thakur’s son, is running for the Dharampur assembly seat in the Mandi district. Former MLA Anil Dhiman, the son of the late former MLA I. D. Dhiman, is running for the Bhoranj seat in the Hamirpur district. The incumbent MLA
The incumbent MLA and minister Govind Singh Thakur is running for the Manali seat, while Chetan Bragta, the son of the late minister Narender Bragta, is running for the Jubbal-Kotkhai seat, Maya Sharma, the wife of the late MLA Baldev Sharma, is running for the Barsar seat in the Hamirpur district, and Anil Sharma, the son of the late union minister Sukh Ram, is running for the Mandi.
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