Campaigning ends in three tribal assembly constituencies in HP

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Shimla, Nov 12 (UNI) The two week long electioneering came a close in three tribal assembly constituencies of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and Bharmaur going to polls on November 14.

As many as 12 candidates are in the fray with the Congress, the BJP and the BSP contesting all the seats and Lok Jan Shakti Party fielding its candidate in Kinnaur constituency.

There were 1,27,785 voters in tribal constituencies with men exceeding women by 3,981.

The state assembly elections are being held in the tribal areas ahead of other areas for the first time in the history of Himachal and the tribal voters would not follow but set the trend.

The BJP campaign was wound up by cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Siddu, who addressed meetings at Rekong Peo and Udaipur, while Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh addressed meetings at Sangla, Tapri and Katgaon in support of the Congress candidates.

The Congress, which made a clean sweep in tribal belt in 2003, was facing an uphill task, while the presence of BSP candidate in Lahaul and Spiti had made the going tough for both the BJP and the Congress.

Sitting Congress legislator, Jagat Singh Negi, was facing formidable challenge from BJP candidate Tejwant Singh Negi in Kinnaur where BSP candidate Sushi Sana and BSP and LJSP nominee Bhagat Singh Kinner were also in the fray.

There were 49,870 voters in this constituency and the polling percentage varied between 65 and 75 per cent.

The BJP had gained enough grounds in this constituency during past five years and fared exceedingly well in the panchayat elections.

While development and corruption was main poll plank of both the Congress and the BJP, the anti-incumbency factor was working against the Congress.

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