The assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh are approaching fast, and with this the campaigning by the candidates is also getting intensified. Himachal elections have a deep relationship with royal families in the state. There are as many as six royal candidates, who will be contesting in the upcoming assembly elections on November 4, with majority of them contesting on the Congress party ticket.
Do the royal candidates have any mileage over the non-royal contestants in the elections? Virbhadra Singh believes that to some extent there is some mileage as royal candidates have good reputation among the voters, reported news agency ANI.
“Of course it has an impact. You have good reputation, people trust you. People have faith in you and they bestow their blessings and so no one can challenge you,” said Virbhadra Singh.
Anirudh Singh, who belongs to the erstwhile Koti state of Shimla district is also fighting Himachal elections. He is contesting elections from Kusumpti seat on the Congress ticket. Anirudh Singh has different views from Virbhadra Singh on the issue of advantage to the royal candidates in elections. Anirudh Singh said that in elections candidates family background does not matter. He said that public will vote only to that candidate, who has worked for their welfare.
"A member of any royal family entering into politics does not hold any relevance. As you know, there are many royal families in Himachal Pradesh
but only those will survive who worked on ground level. If you work for the people then you can only survive. It is not true that if you are from a royal family then you will also get votes,” said Anirudh Singh, Congress Party candidate.
The other candidates who have their roots in royal families and are fighting Himachal elections are Asha Kumari, Vijaya Jyoti Sen, Karan Singh and Maheshwar Singh. The fate of these royal candidates will be known on December 20 only, when votes will be counted.