Shimla : Now its final. State Forest Minister Ram Lal Thakur will be the congress nominee in front of BJP legendary Prem Kumar Dhumal. The high command of both the parties officially declared their candidate for Hamirpur by-election. The Hamirpur seat had fallen vacant following the expulsion of former BJP MP Suresh Chandel in the wake of the cash for query scam. The nomination for this election will be filed upto 13th of May and election to be scheduled on 2nd of June.
Meanwhile, Hamirpur Lok Sabha Election is all Dhumal and Virbhadra game. At present both Congress and BJP are preparing for mass campaign, but its clear that two top most leaders of these parties are the real warriors in this battlefield of Hamirpur. But if popularity is taken into account, then Mr. Prem Kumar Dhumal, a native, is far ahead than any other saffron monarch. Not only he is former Chief minister, but also a mass leader of his calculated moves in active politics. Presently he is the mightiest BJP star. By nominating Dhumal, the BJP played his trump card.
On the other hand, Congress is with his old warhorse. Party has lost in Hamirpur all the last three battles. Keeping in view the Suresh Chandel scandal, Congress is all set to change the story this time. But pity is that the Congress has no strong enough star to block Dhumal Tsunami on local ground. Moreover Forest Minister Ram Lal said that price rise is no more issue and on the development baseline, Cong surely will win Hamirpur. Since last three Loksabha Election, Hamirpur has been the Eden Garden of BJP, as it got victory all the time. In 1999 Suresh Chandel of BJP got success over Ram Lal Thakur by 129247 votes, but story was no so sweet in 2004. This time Thakur gave neck to neck fight and Chandel got a narrow escape by 1677 votes. It means that Hamirpur is going to offer some real tough time for both the parties, exactly before the assembly poll, proposed in Jan. 2008