Himachal Pradesh Political background
The state of Himachal Pradesh directly came under the rule of Indian Judiciary immediately after the independence. In 1948, it was given the status of Commissioner’s Province and was made a full-fledged state in the year 1971 on January 25th. The largest city and tourism attraction, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Since formation, Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata party have dominantly ruled the state. In 2010, Indian National Congress won the elections and came into power.
Political Parties of Himachal Pradesh
National level political parties: Indian National Congress, Bharatiya Janta Party, Bahujan Samaj Party
State level political parties – All India Tribes and Minorities Front, Him Loktrantik Morcha Himachal Kranti Party, Himachal Vikas Congress,Himachal Pradesh Lok Raj Party, Janhit Morcha, Loktrantic Morcha Himachal Pradesh
The state of Himachal Pradesh has a unicameral legislature with 68 MLA’s.
State Legislative Assembly
The sole house of the state representing the Legislature, also known as Vidhan Sabha has tenure of 5 years. The Assembly elections were held in Himachal Pradesh in 2017.
Himachal Pradesh Lok Sabha Election 2014- An Overview
The state took part in the elections 2019 for all four constituencies- Shimla, Kangra, Hamirpur, and Mandi. The state of Himachal Pradesh saw a sweeping victory of BJP in Lok Sabha elections 2016. The party effortlessly won all the seats giving a bad faceoff to the opposition parties. Whereas Shimla is reserved for scheduled caste, the state saw a major voter turnout in past elections.
The last elections and BJP’s victorious regime has made the stir in the market. It is quite obvious that ruling party would be eyeing for another win this time with the expectation of more voters turn out. While BJP has won the Lok Sabha elections, the representative of the party lost in the assembly elections. The party has to find a suitable replacement to follow its footprints of General Elections and retain the power. With a lot of speculations going on, it would be a battle of retaining power or grabbing the legacy back for the major parties.