Jogindernagar the turf and bastion of BJP Octogenarian leader Gulab Singh is going into a triangular contest as the party handed over its ticket to party detector Prakash Rana who defeated Singh in 2017. Rana a diamond merchant from Dubai and owner of many other businesses plunged into an electoral battle on the basis of his wealth in 2017. And, after him joining the BJP, Gulab Singh who remained a speaker in Himachal Pradesh Vidhan also became Public Works and Revenue Minister in 2007 was not in the fray this time. Thakur was elected MLA on the Janta Party ticket in 1977, Independent in 1980 and MLA of Congress in 1990, 1993 and 1998. He is father in law of Union Minister Anurag Thakur and a Dhumal loyalist was denied a ticket in this election.
On the other hand, Congress has trusted Thakur Surender Pal who also lost in 2017 again. Zila Parishad Member and CPI(M) leader Kushal Bhardwaj is also in the fray along with five other candidates. A BJP rebel Sanjeev is also in the fray from Jogindernagar.
Joginder Nagar is also known for the oldest power project which was built by the Britisher, is now under the reign of the Punjab Government is more than 100 years old. The famous valley of Barot also known for trout breeding farms is paradise for fish eaters and anglers.
The foothills of Jogindernagar are sandwiched between Kangra and Mandi’district linked with the 100 yrs old Pathankot- Jogindernagar small gauge rail route.
The employees of this region feel that Old Pension System is important to them and that the party which promises the restoration would be their first priority. The residents said it would be a triangular battle despite eight candidates in the fray. The sitting BJP MLA made a charismatic entry in 2017 but did not prove up to the mark.
A senior citizen said that promise made by Rana to provide international jobs to locals, did not yield any results. Moreover, his joining the saffron brigade did not gel well with the natives of the area, also informed the electors.
A businessman who is annoyed with the present dispension said that no political party should not be allowed to stay in power for more than five years and they must be changed. Public Works Department retired said that OPS should be there as employees must get some social security after they serve their whole in the state service. He said that left candidate Khushal Bhardwaj is a formidable social worker however he may not garner winnable votes as the party which he represents is not acceptable to the majority.
The assembly constituency has total electorate of 91774 votes.
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