Prem Kumar Dhumal, a name and fame of this election from BJP but he lost his seat. Actually, Prem Kumar Dhumal is the real hero of BJP, he is the man that has a vision for the development of state and he is responsible for the strong background of BJP in Himachal.
In a shock upset for the BJP, its chief ministerial candidate in Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, was defeated despite his party coasting to a comfortable win overall. He lost to Congress candidate Rajinder Rana in Sujanpur. A two-time former chief minister, Dhumal’s loss puts his party in a fix, and it must now pick a new head of the state government.
- Dhumal congratulated his party candidates on their victories, even as he admitted he was “not expecting” his own defeat.
- “We could not assure voters in the constituency. There is no point in blaming anyone at this stage. I thank all those who supported me,” he said.
- He added that the reasons for his loss will be “analysed later.”
Criss-crossing the state during his election campaign, Dhumal had frequently targeted the Congress over alleged corruption, deterioration of law and order, flourishing of land, forest and drug mafia and financial mismanagement. He had also promised to take the “Devbhoomi” (land of Gods), as Himachal is called, to new heights if the BJP wins the polls.
It now looks like the BJP will have to achieve Dhumal’s vision without him at the helm
About Prem Kumar Dhumal
- Prem Kumar Dhumal is an Indian politician and the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the 2017 Himachal Assembly Election, he also served as the 12th Chief Minister of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. He is an Indian politician who has twice been Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh from March 1998 to March 2003 and again from 1 January 2008 to 25 December 2012. Presently, he holds the designation of Leader of Opposition in the state assembly.
- Dhumal became vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in 1982. In 1984, he was selected as the candidate for the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency when the sitting Member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (MLA), and state stalwart Jagdev Chand, refused to stand.
- He was president of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Himachal Pradesh from 1993 and became the state’s Chief Minister in March 1998 after winning the Bamsan constituency of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly with a margin of 18,000 votes.
- He headed the BJP-Himachal Vikas Congress coalition government for its full statutory term of five years and became Leader of the Opposition when the BJP lost power in 2003, winning only 16 seats despite support from the NDA Union government.
- The period also saw significant infrastructure developments, particularly of roads, and gave rise to Dhumal being called the Sadak walla Chief Minister.