Himachal Pradesh Congress and BJP Trade Barbs as 2024 Election Nears

Ahead of 2024 elections, Congress and BJP engage in a war of words in Himachal Pradesh. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accuses BJP of ignoring inflation and unemployment, while BJP's women's wing protests Congress' manifesto. Defection of BJP candidate to Congress adds intrigue to the electoral battle.

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Himachal Pradesh Congress and BJP Trade Barbs as 2024 Election Nears

Himachal Pradesh Congress and BJP Trade Barbs as 2024 Election Nears

As the 2024 Lok Sabha elections approach, the political landscape in Himachal Pradesh is heating up with the Congress and BJP engaging in a war of words. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched a scathing attack on the BJP government, alleging a significant rise in the prices of essential commodities and failure to tackle critical issues like inflation and unemployment during the BJP's tenure.

Priyanka highlighted the exponential surge in prices of petrol, diesel, and other essential items, as well as the escalating unemployment rate under the current government. She criticized the BJP's approach, stating that "the ruling party is resorting to tactics aimed at sidetracking voters from the core issues affecting their daily lives." Her remarks come amidst a charged political atmosphere as the country gears up for the Lok Sabha elections, with the debate surrounding economic policies and governance expected to feature prominently in the electoral discourse.

Why this matters: The verbal sparring between the Congress and BJP in Himachal Pradesh reflects the intensifying political battle ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The outcome of this war of words could significantly influence voter sentiment and shape the electoral landscape in the state and beyond.

In a significant political development, the BJP candidate in the 2022 Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, Captain Ranjit Rana, has crossed party lines to join the Congress party. This move comes ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and assembly by-elections, setting the stage for an intriguing electoral battle in the Sujanpur assembly constituency. The upcoming bye-election in Sujanpur has gained attention following the defection of Congress' Rajinder Rana to the BJP.

With Captain Ranjit Rana now aligning with the Congress, it signals a formidable challenge to BJP's prospects in the forthcoming elections. The inclusion of Captain Ranjit Rana in the Congress fold underscores the party's strategic maneuvering to consolidate its position in the Sujanpur assembly constituency. The alliance between Captain Ranjit Rana and the Congress adds a new dimension to the electoral landscape, promising a fiercely contested battle for supremacy in Sujanpur.

Meanwhile, the BJP's women's wing in Delhi staged a protest outside the Congress office, opposing the party's election manifesto. Led by BJP leaders Tarun Chugh, Virendra Sachdeva, and Richa Pandey Mishra, the protesters criticized the Congress for pursuing appeasement policies. They accused the Congress of suggesting the imposition of an inheritance tax and having a 'jihadist mindset'. The protest resulted in several detentions, including Sachdeva and Mishra, as the BJP leaders demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi to the women of the country and the withdrawal of the Congress manifesto.

In a bid to strengthen its media outreach efforts, the Himachal Pradesh Congress organized a virtual meeting at the Congress headquarters in Shimla on April 24, 2024. Chaired by Gokul Butail, Vice President of the All India Congress Committee, and co-chaired by

Key Takeaways

  • Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accuses BJP of neglecting inflation, unemployment in Himachal.
  • BJP candidate Ranjit Rana joins Congress, challenging BJP's prospects in Sujanpur.
  • BJP women's wing protests Congress manifesto, accusing it of appeasement policies.
  • Congress organizes virtual meeting to strengthen media outreach in Himachal.
  • Intensifying political battle between Congress and BJP ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha polls.