Shimla (Himachal Pradesh): Himachal Pradesh goes to voting today. A total of 55.92 lakh voters will decide the fate of 412 candidates, including 24 women, in the Assembly elections today.
As voters queue up outside the polling booths to elect the next government in Himachal Pradesh, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is facing a tough fight as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also entered the fray besides Congress.
This will be a multi-cornered fight with local issues clubbed with common problems that will decide the fate of contestants.
The BJP is eyes a trend reversal since 1992, of alternative governments every assembly elections, while Congress will want to be voted back to power.
Some of the key problems that people of the state face are old pension scheme (OPS), inflation, high input costs, erratic weather, high fuel cost etc. faced by apple farmers, infrastructure and mobility, unemployment and more.
Incumbent BJP has promised implementation of Universal Civil Code, creation of eight lakh jobs in the state, 33 per cent reservation of women in jobs and education.
While the Congress Party, the oldest in the country is promising to fulfil the demand of implementation of old pension scheme, 1 lakh Government jobs, Rs.1500/- per month to women between 18-60 years and 300 units of free electricity.
Besides these two major parties parties, AAP is keep to make inroads in the hilly state and parties like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Rashtriya Devbhumi Party (RDP) have also fielded candidates at various constituencies.
In 2017, BJP swept the Himachal polls, bagging 44 of the total 68 seats while Congress managed to get just 21 seats.