The race to Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha has started and competition is becoming stiff with each passing day. The reason being, neither of the political parties – Congress and BJP as main contestants – leaving any stone unturned to ensure they get a favor from the electorate. In such a situation, like many areas of Himachal, the stage is all set for an interesting contest in Jubbal-Kotkhai.

The rivalry between Rohit Thakur, grandson of ex-chief minister of HP, Ram Lal Thakur, and BJP candidate Narinder Bragta will be settled down on November 9, 2017. Whereas Narinder Bragta blames Rohit Thakur for not bringing any major project to the area and counts every project he brought during his stint as horticulture minister as success, the war of words continues. He also alleged that congress is just inaugurating the incomplete projects to take the political mileage.

One of the biggest allegations from Bragta and the saffron outfit that brings congress on the back foot is the botched up investigation in Kotkhai rape and murder case. Even when both managed to garner hundreds of people on their day of filing nominations, the Gudiya rape and murder case is still in the people’s memory and that’s what can play the spoilsport for congress. Narinder Bragta’s son, Chetal Singh Bragta, who happened to be a banker by profession, is supporting him with great social media campaigns which are impressive and catching people’s attention.

On the other hand, Rohit Thakur has an easily accessible profile which helps him to reach out to the ever single individual. Secondly, he has a very good rapport among youth and not so young electorate which might bring some relief to him. However, Gudiya rape and murder case and pathetic condition of Theog-Hatkoti road primarily will haunt him for sure. Besides this, differences with the chief minister can also cost him dearly this time.

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Rahul Bhandari is Editor of TheNewsHimachal and has been part of the digital world for last 15 years.