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Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP heavyweights Thakur, Kapoor file nominations

Thakur had won Hamirpur seat defeating Rajinder Rana of the Congress by a margins of 98,403 votes.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 27, 2019 11:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, HAMIRPUR/DHARAMSHALA
BJP,Anurag Thakur,HP
Soon after the filing of nomination, the party cadre took part in a rally where BJP leader lambasted Congress for “destroying the nation”.(HT Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) two heavyweights, Anurag Thakur and Kishan Kapoor filed their respective nomination papers from Hamirpur and Kangra Lok Sabha constituency in Himachal Pradesh on Friday.

BJP candidate Anurag Thakur filing his nomination from Hamirpur constituency on Friday.

Anurag Thakur, son of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and three-time MP from Hamirpur, submitted his papers in the presence of chief minister Jai Ram Thakur and his father, who accompanied him along with a battery of slogan-shouting supporters. Other senior leaders, including former chief ministers Prem Kumar Dhumal, Shanta Kumar and state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti were also present.

Amid a sea of followers and much fanfare, the leader reached the district court in a massive road show where people showered flower petals on him and raised pro-BJP slogans.

Soon after the filing of nomination, the party cadre took part in a rally where BJP leader lambasted Congress for “destroying the nation”.

Speaking on occasion, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said Congress would be “vanished from the political scenario of India once the election results were declared”.

“The false and negative propaganda of the Congress would not work and would come back heavily on the party itself,” the chief minister said.

Dhumal exhorted people to side the BJP for their own benefit and expressed hope that BJP would win all four seats with a thumping majority.

Thakur had won Hamirpur seat defeating Rajinder Rana of the Congress by a margins of 98,403 votes.

He is in fray for the fourth time in succession.

In Kangra, several prominent leaders turned up in large number as BJP nominee Kishan Kapoor filed nomination papers.

In a show of strength, Kapoor was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues-- urban development minister Sarveen Chaudhary and health minister Vipin Singh Parmar during the filing of nomination in Dharamshala.

Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, former CM and outgoing MP Shanta Kumar, his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal, state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti, in-charge of Himachal for Lok Sabha elections Tirath Singh Rawat among others flew from Hamirpur to attend the rally organised on the occasion.

The nodal officer had also ordered that the road show of Kapoor be videographed in the wake of complaint filed by Congress that state machinery is being misused in favour of Kapoor.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 11:11 IST