A day before counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be held across the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress claimed that the tide was in their favour.
In this seat, where a bypoll was also held in the Sujanpur assembly segment, 10 candidates are in the fray in the Lok Sabha elections. However, the main fight is between the BJP's Anurag Thakur and Congress' Rajinder Rana. The Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Kamal Kanta Batra, the mother of Kargil war hero Captain Vikram Batra.
The seat recorded a heavy voter turnout, which, both main parties claimed, was in their favour. Jubilant over the results of the exit polls, BJP leaders claimed that the party would win all four seats in the state and Anurag Thakur would score a hat-trick in terms of victories by upsetting the Congress applecart.
The party's top leadership in Hamirpur and its state-level leaders held a meeting here on Wednesday evening, where they expressed optimism that the party would form its government in the Centre and win the Hamirpur seat with a thumping majority. Thakur, who also attended the meeting, thanked the party leaders and workers for their support during the elections. BJP state secretary Pawan Rana was also present.
Sources in the party told HT that a number of party activists were “unhappy” with the working of some leaders during campaigning and had told the party leadership to ensure better efforts from them during the next elections. The leadership assured them that their complaint would be conveyed to the party's national high command.
Rajinder Rana and his wife Anita Rana, the party's candidate from Sujanpur assembly segment, reached Hamirpur and held meetings with the local party leaders. They also met people of their constituency during their journey from Chandigarh to Hamirpur, thanking them for their support.
Addressing mediapersons, Rana claimed that he and his wife would win the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha seats, adding that people had voted in large numbers as they wanted a change in their representative (Anurag), who had done “nothing” during his last two terms”.
Law and order agencies on Thursday intensified their activities to ensure smooth conduct of the counting process and avoid untoward incidents during the victory processions to be taken out by the winners later. “On Friday, complete 'nakabandi' (barricading) of the town will be done to prevent troublemakers from taking advantage of the victory processions,” a police spokesman said.