On his second visit to Himachal Pradesh in a fortnight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a tour of Dharamsala on Thursday, kicking off the BJP’s election campaign in the electorally important region of Kangra.
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Himachal Pradesh is going to the polls this year and the BJP is doing everything to retain power in the hill state, where the Aam Aadmi party led by Arvind Kejriwal is also trying to gain a foothold, buoyed by its success. election in neighboring Punjab. .
Modi, accompanied by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, was seen waving from an open jeep adorned with flowers to BJP workers and residents as he traveled the one-kilometre roadshow under tight security, while that various cultural folk groups in traditional dress were performing.
The BJP claimed that more than 10,000 party workers welcomed the prime minister on the roadshow, but the lack of enthusiasm was visible. A BJP worker, Rajesh Kumar, said, “It may be because the road show is being held on short notice.”
The Prime Minister was due to chair the 1st National Conference of Chief Secretaries at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association run stadium in Dharamshala.
BJP Focuses on Kangra for Mission Repeat
The BJP, which aims to achieve Mission Repeat in the hill state, is focusing on Kangra as it sends around a quarter of the MPs to the 68-member state assembly.
Kangra tends to vote against the incumbent regime, which worries the BJP.
The party that wins the most seats in Kangra normally forms the state government.
Earlier, the Chief Minister also visited the venue of the All India Chief Secretaries Conclave to review the arrangements.
Vidhan Sabha Chairman Vipin Singh Parmar, BJP State MP and Chairman Suresh Kashyap, MP Kishan Kapoor, Wool Federation Chairman Trilok Kapoor, Dharamshala MP Vishal Nehria, Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh, Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretary, GAD, Bharat Khera, Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal and Police Commissioner Khushal Sharma attended the occasion.