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There is infighting between the BJP and the Congress, although there is more in the ruling party. To counter the anti-incumbency wave, the BJP has denied tickets to nearly a dozen MLAs and changed the constituencies of several MLAs, including ministers.
While veterans have been pitted against sitting Congress legislators, observers are not sure the strategy will work. Of the 21 BJP rebels, only four have so far withdrew from the fray. Hamirpur, Sundernagar, Dharamshala, Kullu, Fatehpur, Kangra, Bilaspur and Kinnaur are some of the constituencies where BJP candidates are facing the insurgents.
The BJP is hoping that its star campaigners—PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda and other Union ministers—can swing it for the party despite the anti-incumbency wave and the weight of history (any The party has not repeated a term since 1985).
It is also expected that the state’s Hindu majority population will respond favorably to the party’s temple rhetoric and communal hatred. But along with the decision to scrap the old pension scheme, there is a lot of anger over unemployment, high prices and GST on items of daily consumption.