Shimla, Nov 11
Rampur Bushair royal dynasty’s Scion Vikramadity Singh and son of the soil, an ABVP activist Ravi Mehta, are headon in Shimla rural constituency on Congress and BJP tickets. Vikramaditya Singh is the son of former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and is sitting MLA from Gramin Shimla; this time, for his 2nd term is facing, Kailash Federation vice chairman and District Shimla BJP president Ravi Mehta. Mehta belonged to Anandpur in Shoghi.
Singh won the 2017 assembly election from BJP candidate Parmod Sharma with 4,880 votes. However, this time Parmod Sharma did not get a ticket and the party decided to test the son of the soil.
AICC president Malikarjun Kharge conducted the election campaign of Vikramaditya. Samriti Irani was Mehta’s leading election campaigner who held several public meetings. Union Minister Anurag Thakur also canvassed in favour of Mehta, but Chief Minister Jairam Thakur did not come for his canvassing. Jai Ram Thakur being too close to Holy-lodge enjoys good relations.
Locals inform that in the last five years, Parmod Sharma did not contact the electorate; however, the BJP government cleared all proposals of Vikramaditya Singh. BJP had no choice and lost connection with the masses due to the absence of former candidate Parmod Sharma and therefore trying Mehta.
The local residents say that Mehta is very much in a contest and is not one-sided. In 2012 Virbhadra Singh also fought from this assembly but later left it to his royal son Vikramaditya Singh. Vikramaditya Singh has Sunni, Palah and Dhami areas as strongholds, and on the other hand, Mehta may succeed in increasing lead in Shogi, Anandpur, Totu and Jubbarhati areas owing to his affinity with the residents. Locals state that he is more accessible than Singh.
Moreover, Singh has no blessing from his father but is riding the sympathy wave. Former BJP candidate Parmod Sharma who displayed resentment over not getting a ticket, is now canvassing with Mehta. Sharma may help Mehta to galvanise support in the stronghold of Singh. There are around 77773 voters in Shimla rural.
Among some issues of this constituency are the cancellation of Powabo Government degree college, air-flight resumption after ten years at Airport Jubbarhatti, number of villages coming under merged area and under increasing control width up to 50 meters under TCP, causing trouble to the resident.