Many states are already fighting it out for a ticket, with contenders launching their own public relations programs in their respective constituencies . The BJP has already made it clear that the ticket will be determined by chance to win .
SHIMLA: Many states are already fighting it out for a ticket, with contenders launching their own public relations programs in their respective constituencies.Young leaders and new entrants in the political parties are eager to defy the established leaders in the coming assembly election by claiming tickets, and in many assembly constituencies already the young aspirants have launched their public contact initiatives, causing the sitting legislators to be restless.The BJP has already made it clear that the ticket will be determined by chance to win, and that even the tickets of established leaders are not confirmed, but the opposition Congress will follow suit by distributing tickets based on polling.Dr. Janak Raj Pakhretia, the current head of the neurosurgery department at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital Shimla, is presently active with a mass contact program in the Bharmaur assembly constituency of Chamba district.Though Thakur Singh Bharmouri, a veteran war horse of the United States, is being named the first choice of government, there are still many other contenders competing for the job.In the Lahaul-Spiti assembly constituency, BJP sits minister Ram Lal Markanda, but he is being challenged by Jawahar Sharma, the tribe morcha state president.In the constituency, both Markanda and Sharma have developed their own mass contact scheme.These days, several fans from the Spiti Valley are also competing for the coveted prize. Former MLA Tejwant Singh Negi and vice-chairman of forest corporation Surat Negi are facing a ticket in Kinnaur district, while in Congress, MLA Jagat Singh Negi and Youth Congress president Nigam Bhandari are fighting.Many candidates have emerged for the Congress ticket in the Theog assembly constituency of Shimla district.Former state president Kuldeep Singh Rathore, senior party leader Kehar Singh Khachi, Atul Verma, and Deepak Rathore are among the main candidates for Congress.Indu Verma, wife of former BJP MLA Rakesh Verma, has made the ticket battle exciting. Surender Shourie, a BJP MLA in the Banjar assembly seat, is facing criticism from within the group as a bloc is unhappy with him and some leaders are already staked claim to control the party ticket.After Khimi Ram Sharma, a former BJP MLA from Banjar, joined the Congress, the ticket battle has also gotten more interesting for the party on this seat.Khimi Ram Sharma and Aditya Vikram Singh of the erstwhile Kullu princely state whose father, Karan Singh, was a cabinet minister in the previous Congress regime are now fighting it out for a Congress ticket.Congress is facing up to a contentious factionalism in the Nalagarh assembly chamber, where sitting MLA Lakhvinder Rana is competing with INTUC state president Hardeep Singh Bawa. In the by-elections last year, the BJP candidate remained in third place on the Jubbal-Kotkhai seat, while Bragta remained in second place.