Shimla: With counting of votes for the Hamirpur parliamentary bye-elections almost coming to a close, BJP candidate Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal’s victory is almost certain. With latest reports coming in, Dhumal is leading with a huge margin of 51,000 votes over his nearest rival and Congress candidate Ram Lal Thakur.
Coming to terms with his defeat, Thakur who is also the State Forest Minister has resigned from the post and has sent his resignation to the Party High Command and Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh.
Parliamentary bye-elections for the Hamirpur constituency were held on June 2 in 17 assembly constituencies. Congress managed to take a lead only in Bilaspur and Una with about 686 and 9,000 votes respectively.
The elections can be termed as a dress-rehearsal for the state assembly elections due in a 8-months time for now and significantly it’s an alarm sign for the Congress and a booster for the BJP.