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Day before D-day, Dhumal remains busy in his constituency

chandigarh Updated: Nov 04, 2012 00:09 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
Ravinder Vasudeva
Hindustan Times
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With a few hours left when this tiny hilly state will go to polls on Sunday, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal spent most of his time in door-to-door campaigning in the villages of his constituency, Hamirpur.

The chief minister, who started his day with the routine worship of God at Samirpur, his native village, was seen leaving no stone unturned to keep the morale of his party candidates up.

Despite taking feedback over phone from few candidates and other senior leaders of the party, he was seen instructing them to issue guidelines for tilting scales in BJP's favour.

He made a call to state party chief Satpal Singh, who is contesting from Una segment. "Hanji Satpal Ji.. Kaisi position hai..Una ki…(What is the latest about Una)," the chief minister asked in a commanding tone.

"Very good. Kheech ke rakho aur cha jao (Keep it up and come out victorious)… kuch ho to btana (…inform me if there is something)," the chief minister was heard telling the party chief.

The chief minister through his officer on special duty Sanjeev Katwal made calls to al least 40 candidates and few journalists to take feedback of different constituencies.

"You will see that we are going to create history this time by repeating government. Undercurrent against the UPA government over the issue of corruption and price rise will work in our favour," the chief minister told Hindustan Times.

Accompanied by his close associate and local leader Pyarelal Sharma, Dhumal left for door-to-door canvassing in villages of his constituency around 11 pm.

Though the stakes about repeating the government are very high and all pressure is on Dhumal, he is cool and calm when he meets people in their houses. In a village, when a few senior local leaders congratulated him stating that "his government" was sure to repeat, Dhumal asked them not to be overconfident and work hard on the last day among the workers. In Bohni village, he was welcomed by a large number of activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP.

Back in Samirpur, at around 4 pm, he again engaged in communication with few party leaders and asked for the latest position of the party while having tea with his close associates.

"Even surveys by few prestigious channels have predicted clear majority for the BJP this time. Though I do not believe in surveys, I know the common man was with the party this time," he told this correspondent.

Dhumal entered the drawing room of his house where he discussed political strategy with his elder son and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur.