Shimla: With campaigning for bypolls to two assembly segments in Himachal Pradesh Dharamshala and Pachhad concluding today, both ruling BJP and Congress on Friday made last ditch efforts to woo voters.
Voting for both the seats, which fell vacant after MLAs Suresh Kashyap (Pachhad) and Kishan Kapoor (Dharamshala) and were elected to Lok Sabha, will take place on October 21.
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur addressed two public meeting at Narag and Rajgarh to garner voters for candidates.
Besides making a blistering attack on Congress, Thakur did not spare an opportunity to hit out at his “detractors” within and outside the party.
“There are many who are nurturing dreams to become future chief minister but don’t know there position. Critics, who wasted no opportunity in taking a dig at me, fell silent after Lok Sabha elections’ results. They were left exposed,” the chief minister said while addressing a public meeting at Narag, which is considered to strong hold of party rebel and former zila parishad chairperson Dayal Pyari.
Musafir, who has a record of seven straight wins from Pachhad, lost elections to BJP’s Suresh Kashyap in 2012 and 2017. Soft spoken Musafir is banking upon his rapport with population.
The chief minister also took an opportunity to count on works of his government. “Pachhad has been allocated more budget for developmental works than my own constituency,” Thakur said as he reminded people that “with the BJP being both at the Centre and state, more impetus will be giving to development in area if Kashyap was voted to power”.