Holding too tight the dying year was tough for chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who drove the Congress to power in the state single handedly two years ago. His party lost all four parliamentary seats (Shimla, Mandi, Kangra and Hamirpur), including that of his wife. A grim fiscal position slowed down development, yet the government where he is also in charge of finance managed to pay its employees, even if by raising loans. The opposition guns for him, controversies dog him, detractors plot against him, yet Virbhadra remains hard to dislodge. HT analyses whether or not he was able to deliver on promises in key sectors.