Sunday, 16 December 2012

Week before poll results, political activity intensifies

With just a week left for the announcement of assembly election results in Himachal Pradesh, political activity has intensified in the state besides the cold. While state Congress president Virbhadra Singh is returning to Shimla on Saturday, independents and leaders of third front have already held a meeting in Chandigarh to devise their post poll strategy.

Though Congress and BJP both are claiming to win election with comfortable majority, secretly both parties are in touch with rebel candidates to gain their support in case need arises. On the other hand, Independent candidates too are waiting to play a crucial role in forming of government and to devise post poll strategy. Sources said they have already held a meeting at Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Independent candidate from Nurpur Rakesh Pathania said the next government is not possible without the support of independent candidates. Even Himachal Lokhit Party president Maheshwar Singh, who floated the party after parting ways with BJP, is claiming that without their support, no party would be able to form the next government. They are claiming 1998 like situation when BJP had formed the government with the support of Himachal Vikas Congress floated by Sukh Ram.

Congress headquarters and residence of Virbhadra Singh these days are wearing deserted look as Virbhadra Singh is in Delhi to attend the winter session of parliament. With his return, hectic activity would be witnessed again at both these places.

According to sources, senior Congress leaders of the state besides candidates and office-bearers have been directed by the party to remain in Shimla during next week. Sources said after the return of Virbhadra Singh, party would discuss its post poll strategy. AICC general secretary Birender Singh and AICC secretary Anees Ahmed, too, are likely to reach Shimla next week, sources said.

Lobbying for the chief ministerial post has already begun with many leaders rushing to Delhi to meet central leadership over the issue. While Virbhadra camp has already projected him as the next chief minister, Kaul Singh camp has time and again maintained that on winning the majority seat, central leadership would take the final call on chief ministerial post.