Delimitation has changed many things in this state election; few leaders have to change their turf, whereas many rebels are posing threat to the official party candidates. However, with the delimitation, some interesting findings have also come to fore as many stalwarts from various parties will not be able to vote for themselves as their segments stand re-carved.
Prominent among them is BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal as his native place Samirpur is now a part of Bhoranj constituency. He will cast his vote in this segment while he is himself contesting from Hamirpur constituency.
HPCC chief Virbhadra Singh will cast his vote in Rampur. This time, he is contesting from the newly created Shimla Rural constituency.
Ministers Ravinder Singh Ravi and Ramesh Dhawala are sailing in the same boat. Ravi will vote in Jaisinghpur while he is contesting from Dehra. Dhawala will vote in Dehra even though he is the BJP candidate from Jwalamukhi.
Ousted from their home turfs of Solan and Baijnath due to their segments being reserved, former BJP minister Rajeev Bindal and Sudhir Sharma of the Congress will not be able to vote for themselves. While Bindal is contesting from Nahan, Sharma is in the fray from Dharamsala.
Anita Verma of the Congress and sitting BJP legislator Urmil Thakur, both contesting from Sujanpur, cannot vote for themselves as they are registered as voters in Hamirpur.
Vijai Singh Mankotia of the Congress, contesting from Shahpur, will vote in Kangra. His native place Tiara is now a part of Kangra constituency. Rakesh Verma, BJP candidate from Theog, will vote in Chopal as his home segment Balson is now a part of Chopal constituency.
Former minister Kuldeep Kumar, contesting from Chintpurni, has his home in Gagret. He has contested from this constituency earlier. Tikender Panwar’s home is in Shimla Rural while he is the CPM’s candidate from Shimla.