As Himachal Assembly polls draw close, Congress, BJP spar over development and corruption

As the dates for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly election draw close, political rhetoric is on the rise, as the BJP tries to wrestle power from the ruling Congress in the state. The polls, which will take place on 9 November, will be fought on several fronts, and the major parties are already trading barbs over issues ranging from employment to the menace of the mining mafia.

Here is a brief list of the key political issues the Himachal Pradesh polls are being fought on:

Corruption

As both BJP and Congress vie to woo voters over the plank of development, the corruption allegations against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh are BJP’s trump card.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

On his maiden trip to Himachal Pradesh, BJP chief Amit Shah stepped up the party’s campaign in the state, claiming that Singh will go down in history as an

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