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Dhumal's popularity facing reality check at Hamirpur

india Updated: May 09, 2009 11:39 IST

BJP candidate Anurag Thakur has hogged much limelight in Hamirpur, courtesy his father and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, but election here would be more a test of his father's popularity as the CM than the contender's ability to deliver.

Interestingly, the BJP candidate is fighting against a former partyman and current Congress contender Narinder Thakur in the polls on May 13.

Both the candidates share a legacy of the BJP ideology as Narinder's father late Jagdeo Chand was a veteran saffron leader and a former minister.

Political analysts feel Narinder's joining the fray has made the task more daunting for Anurag as the Congress nominee can eat into the traditional vote bases of the BJP due to his past association, apart from having the advantage of his current party's vote banks.

The observers also point out that it could be a battle for the supremacy of legacy and that Dhumal had his grooming in the hands of Chand, who was associated with the Jansangh.

Against such a backdrop, the stake is higher for Dhumal, as Hamirpur is his home turf and a victory or a defeat here would reflect on his image accordingly, they reasoned.

And, Dhumal knows his stake and is hence working overtime to ensure victory of his son.