Shimla: Back-to-back roadshows by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal in Himachal Pradesh this week is bound to raise the political temperature and also heat up the poll campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections in the hill state.
While Nadda is holding a roadshow on April 22 in Nagrota Bhagwan in Kangra district, represented by late Congress leader and minister GS Bali.
The next day, Kejriwal will hold a roadshow in Kangra, which is important as it holds the key to government formation.
Interestingly, the main opposition Congress is nowhere to be seen, and continues to grapple with the organisational woes and the possible changes in the party.
The ruling BJP has projected Nadda’s roadshow as its show of strength. The entire district has been decked up with huge banners, hoardings and posters.
There is a lot of enthusiasm among the BJP workers. Even AAP volunteers are charged to welcome Kejriwal in the district.
Himachal Pradesh goes to polls along with Gujarat in November-December this year. In the 68-member assembly, the BJP has 44 legislators while the Congress’ strength stands at 21. There are two independents and a CPI(M) legislator as well.
There is a big buzz that many senior Congress leaders, including former ministers, legislators and even Members of Parliament (MPs), are said to be in touch with either the BJP or the AAP.
In fact after its dismal performance in the recently concluded Punjab assembly elections, the Congress is on a back foot in the hill state.
Th Congress high command seems keen on looking at states where they faced a rout in the recent elections rather than Himachal Pradesh where before March 10, the day election results in five states were declared, they seemingly had a good chance to make a comeback.
The infighting and the indecisiveness have prompted many senior Congress leaders to complain against party in-charge Rajeev Shukla’s style of functioning.
As of now, the Congress is totally cut off from the masses in Mandi and Kangra districts and its workers are unhappy with the present set-up.