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Speculation are being done that with Krishan Kapoor moving onto Lok Sabha, the traditional ‘Gaddi’ seat of Dharamshala could now go to some other.  Hectic lobbying for the BJP ticket from Dharamshala Vidhan sabha seat has started. All aspirants know that victory under the rampant Modi wave would be a cake walk here. The social media being an effective tool is being used by the probable for airing their claim for candidature here. There are more than twenty five names those are doing the rounds in the social media currently.

Listing some beginning with Umesh Dutt from Dadh is a student leader. He has strong connections with the RSS, BJP and Jagat Prakash Nadda former Union Health Minister in the previous Modi Government. Close confident of Shanta Kumar the next in line is Rajeev Bhardwaj. Shanta’s favorite Rajeev Bhardwaj from Nurpur is presently Chairman of Kangra Central Cooperative bank is also member of the Vivekananda trust an ambitious project of the senior leader. Yet only one roadblock could stop his tourney that he is considered an outsider in the area.

Another Sachin Sharma claims the support of the ABVP and the local RSS Unit. Sharma proclaims to be executive member of the State BJP courtesy Anurag Thakur the newly appointed State minister in the Modi Cabinet. He also has strong connection with former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal. He is also being strongly backed by the Vice- Chancellor of the Central University who is advocating his case for the ticket.

Next name on stake is Rakesh Sharma, media coordinator and a close confident of the Health Minister of the State Vipin Parmar. Rounding social media is also name of Sanjay Sharma a student leader and press secretary of HPCA. As a student leader played a vital role in anti- Mandal commission agitation in 90’s at Dharamshala. Also is believed to be a loyalist to former Health Minister JP Nadda.

Then, Sunil Minocha a liquor baron of Dharamshala and old leader of RSS is also interested provided he is given the ticket. Sunil Minocha has the backing of Prem Kumar Dhumal. Other names doing the rounds are of Ramesh Atwal, mandal president of Dharamshala BJP, Dr. Richa Rana daughter of OSD former Chief Minister Dhumal. She is working as a lecturer at Central University.

More contenders which stake claim of ticket here are Ramesh Jaryal, Vipin Nehria and Vishal Nehri. All these three leaders are from Gaddi community, without much parse to support their credential.

It is reliably learnt that when deciding the ticket of Dharamshala for the bye poll the panel will require the approval of Kishan Kapoor and Shanta Kumar. It is likelihood that in that situation Shanta Kumar’s advice could weigh more. In that case Dharamshala which was being represented by leaders of Gaddi community might have to make way for the person whom Shanta recommends. There is obvious possibility that once a traditional seat of the ‘Gaddi’ community might have to make way to adjust some other BJP leader than ‘Gaddi’.


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