With prestige at stake Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress bigwigs are locked in the turf battle. None of the stalwarts have been able to move out of their constituencies to campaign for other candidates.
BJP state Chief Satpal Singh Satti who is contesting his third election from Una ,so far has remained entrenched amongst the electorate in Una, from where he had won the elections with an overwhelming margin of nearly 12,000 votes in the last elections.
The reorganisation of the constituencies' boundary during the delimitation exercise has added to the anxiety of the contesting candidates. Santoshgarh nagar panchyat which earlier formed part of Santoshgarh constituency was merged into Una. This area has been traditionally Congress stronghold.
Apart from this the Congress's new face Satpal Singh Raizada is also said to be gaining ground. There is growing fear amongst Satti's camp that since Satti and Raizada both are Rajput Congress rebel former MLA O P Rattan can cut into the Brahamin vote bank- which sides with BJP.
Congress's high profile leader and former transport minister G S Bali, contesting elections from Nagrota Bagwan, is facing tough times at the hand of Congress rebel Arun Mehra alias Kuka and BJP's mangal Chaudhary.
Bali so far has not been able to move out of his constituency. 'I have plans to canvass in nearby Baijnath constituency let me see how I can adjust my visits," Bali told Hindustan Times.
At 85, Congress legislature party leader Vidya Stokes is gearing up for her toughest battle of her political career. Stokes who is contesting the elections from Theog for the eighth times is locked in four cornered contest. She faces BJP's formidable leader Rakesh Verma who had trounced Stokes for the first time in 1993, while Communist Party of Marxist 's most popular face Rakesh Singha is contesting elections from Theog. Singha had created history by clinching Shimla seat in 1993 with meagre margin of 159 votes. Singha who hails from state fruit bowl Kotgarh is close relative of Vidya Stokes.
Both Singha and Stokes have a common vote bank in states affluent Kotgarh area.