Congress party members in the district are engaged in a showdown ahead of the the three-day visit of chief minister Virbhadra Singh starting January 17.
Singh is scheduled to visit five assembly constituencies in the district - Hamirpur, Nadaun, Sujanpur, Badsar and Bhoranj (Reserve).
As per the official programme, the chief minister is likely to dedicate around twelve constructed projects to the people besides and laying foundation stones of as many new projects during his visit.
The visit to Hamirpur where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds the fort is seen as vital for Congress members who feel isolated as the elected representatives are from the saffron party. Hence, they are busy in pulling more crowds to the scheduled rallies of the chief minister, perhaps to appease the CM.
The main contest of strength will be between Rajinder Rana of Sujanpur, Inder Dutt Lakhanpal of Badsar, Prem Kaushal of Bhoranj and Kuldip Singh Pathania of Hamirpur assembly constituency.
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhoo, the former MLA of the Nadaun seat and the state Congress president may also accompany the chief minister during the tour to that area on January 19 as he wields much influence among the Congress members there.
This tour of the chief minister is also important as he is locked in a direct fight with the BJP's Dhumals - Prem Kumar Dhumal, the former chief minister, and his son and MP from Hamirpur, Anurag Thakur.
The father-son duo commands much respect among the BJP party cadre in the district.
The chief minister is likely to tell his party cadre to take effective part in the membership drive as the BJP had already taken a definite lead in enrolling members. If the BJP achieves the target of enrolling one lakh persons into the party, the Congress party will be in a dire crisis.
Sources in the Congress party told Hindustan Times that the scheduled tour of the chief minister will also help the people in knowing the key persons of the party in every constituency.
Meanwhile, the district administration has taken steps for the smooth conduct of the tour as it is anticipating trouble by the BJP cadre in the interiors. There are reports that additional police force would be summoned from different battalions and deployed at various places so that no unwanted incidents take place.