A tough fight is foreseen in the Sujanpur assembly byelection, for which, polling will be held on Wednesday. The main fight will be between Narender Thakur of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Anita Rana of the Congress.
There are four candidates in the fray from this seat, which had fallen vacant following the resignation of independent legislator Rajinder Rana, who is now contesting the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat on Congress ticket.
Target youths, women
As many as 66,506 voters, including 33,551 women and 32,955 men, in Sujanpur will exercise their right of franchise on May 7 to elect their MLA. There will be 772 voters in the 18 to 19 years age group.
The presence of a large number of youths and women in the constituency will be a major factor, as both parties have been trying to woo these sections. Families of serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families will also play a major role, and whoever wins their heart will be the winner, experts say.
Leaders of all political parties are praying to the rain god to allow polling to be held under a clear sky, as rain could result in a low turnout. The untimely rain during the last two days has caused many losses in the region, with wheat crop getting damaged.
The war of words between Congress and BJP leaders did not stop even on the eve of polling, even as polling staff reached their respective stations to prepare for the smooth conduct of the election.
Police also maintained a round-the-clock vigil in the region to avoid violence between the supporters of the BJP and the Congress.
Anita Rana and Narender Thakur expressed optimism that they would win the seat.