( A polling party on way to a remote polling station in Dodra Kawar)

The campaigning for election to four parliamentary constituencies and by-elections in six Assemblies constituencies of Himachal Pradesh came to an end on Thursday evening. The polling in the state would be held on June 1, (Saturday), in the seventh and the last phase of Lok Sabha General Election.

On the last day of campaigning the Congress and BJP deployed all their might to woo voters today. For BJP UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath and Union Surface Transport Minister Niitn Gadkari in support of BJP Mandi candidate Kangana Ranaut .

On the other hand Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi held a road show in favour of Shimla Congress candidate Vinod Sultanpuri at Solan, while Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri also addressed two public meetings at Haroli in favour of Hamirpur Congress candidate Satpal Raijada and Mandi candidate Vikrmaditya Singh at Nankhari.

Candidates and their supporters also organized public meetings and road shows in their respective areas.

For the parliament election in four parliamentary seats the main contest is between Congress and BJP candidate ; in Shimla constituency Congress candidate Vinod Sultanpuri is pitted against Suresh Kashyap of BJP, in Mandi Constituency PWD Minister Vikrmaditya Singh, son of six times former HP CM Virbhadra Singh is taking on film actress Kangana Ranaut of BJP.

In Kangra parliamentary constituency Congress stalwart, former Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma is pitted against BJP candidate Rajiv Bhardwaj, while Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur of BJP is contesting against Congress candidate Satpal Raijada .

 The parliament election in Himachal Pradesh have gained more importance as by-elections in six Assembly constituencies are also held simultaneously i.e. Dharamshala, Badsar, Gagret , Kutlehar , Sujanpur and Lauhal – Spiti constituencies .

While stakes are high for BJP and Congress in the parliament election of the state since outcome of the by-elections would reflect on the stability of the Congress government, which had faced major crisis after cross voting by six rebel Congress MLAs in the Rajya Sabha election on February 27, resulting in defeat of Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

The six –rebel Congress MLAs were later disqualified from the membership of the Vidhan Sabha and are now contesting as BJP candidates in the by-election.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has personally launched a high pitched tirade against these candidates terming the contest between janbal and dhanbal.

For Mandi parliamentary seat the contest between Kangana Ranaut and Virkamditya Singh seems to have concentrated on the popularity of PM Narendra Modi and legacy of former six times CM Virbhadra Singh.

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