14 Apr 2024

Himachal Pradesh Lok Sabha Election-2024: Mandi electoral battle intensifies, Vikramaditya Singh, Kangana Ranaut take jibe at each other

Lok Sabha Election-2024: In Mandi, the political arena is set for a royal clash as Congress nominates Vikramaditya Singh to contend against BJP's Kangana Ranaut in Himachal Pradesh. Vikramaditya Singh, a Congress MLA known for stirring rebellion against the state government, steps into the electoral fray against Kangana Ranaut in Mandi. 

The Congress recently unveiled its roster of 16 candidates for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, with 35-year-old Vikramaditya, the son of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, slated to replace his mother, Pratibha Singh, as the constituency's contender.

Prior to the official announcement, the Mandi electoral battle intensified, with Kangana Ranaut dubbing Vikramaditya as 'chhota pappu'. In response, Vikramaditya quipped that he would pray for the actress to gain some "good sense". 

'We respect our elder sister Kangana'

Despite the verbal sparring, Vikramaditya emphasized his respect for Kangana and suggested focusing on pertinent issues rather than political jibes.

"We respect our elder sister Kangana Ranaut. Today she was addressing the people of Manali. Instead of speaking against Congress party and its leaders, it would have been good, if she would have taken up and talked about the issues on the biggest disaster of the century, which happened in Manali a few months ago," Vikramaditya said.

'Yeh tumhare baap-dada ki riyasat nahin hai'

Earlier, Vikramaditya had labeled Kangana as the queen of controversy, asserting her lack of understanding about Himachal Pradesh. However, Kangana retorted, stating that the era of intimidation was over, highlighting the new India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership.

"Yeh tumhare baap-dada ki riyasat nahin hai, ke tum mujhe dara, dhamka ke vapis bhej doge (This is not the estate of your father or grandfather that you will threaten me and send me back). This is the new Bharat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where a small, poor boy who used to sell tea is the biggest hero and "pradhan sevak" of the people," Kangana said.

Vikramaditya Singh hails from the Bhushar estate, now called Rampur, and inherits the legacy of the erstwhile princely state following his father's demise.

With Himachal Pradesh hosting four Lok Sabha seats and six Assembly seats undergoing elections due to the disqualification of Congress MLAs, the electoral battleground is poised for a showdown on June 1. In the previous 2019 elections, the BJP swept all four Lok Sabha seats in the state. The subsequent vote tallying is scheduled for June 4.

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