The most significant fight will be witnessed in between the ruling and the opposition in this election year indoors as well as outdoors in the state. The main political parties, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, are vying at all the opportunities to woo electorate in the state, which have marginally bulged by 0.89 per cent.
The total number of electorate stood at nearly 48.12 lakh with 24.59 lakh male and 23.53 lakh females spread over 68 assembly segments in this hill state at the beginning of this year. In fact, the increase was 88, 116 voters over the year. Out of the total increase in the electorate, 33,287 new voters of the age group of 18-19 have been added new. The rest new enlisted voters 54,829 were above 19 years of age. However, 45,594 voters had been removed from the voters’ list due to death, change of place or dual or duplicate registration elsewhere too. Therefore, the net increase was 42,522 voters. Mathematically, this increase is marginal, but electorally this increase is significant as even one per cent shift in voting pattern may change the colour of the seat of power.
Who is number one in the race? No one can predict these days as the independent surveys have been evading the research world in the South Block countries, which are struggling for minimal living standards. So, the electorate today seems to remain uninfluenced by such surveys. More so, the top leaders of the political parties also do not admit the checkered letters written on the walls because of two reasons. One is that they are forced to see the world through the eyes of their sycophants. Second, even if they understand they do not have the courage to admit the weakness. This psyche is truly applicable to the top slot leaders whether they are in ruling party or in opposition. The electorate is these days have understood the game of surveys and do not get influenced.
The time has come to show the public the wit and wisdom by the ruling and the opposition which is slated to begin from March 1 as the Budget session of the assembly. The fifth year of the elected apex state assembly is 12th Vidhan Sabha of the state. The budget session will be 14th session of this assembly. This will be the nearly a long fight between the ruling and the opposition indoors to raise the issues of the public interest.
Congress representing the treasury benches and the BJP as opposition will be face to face for the sittings till April 7. The leader of the House Virbhadra Singh as the Finance Minister will get the opportunity from the treasury side to show his expertise to woo the electorate presenting the next financial year’s budget on March 10.
Keeping the tradition intact, the Speaker Brij Bihari Butail has urged the all party leaders to have valuable pre-session discussions to maintain the decorum and peace in the House during sittings enabling smooth accomplishment of the legislative work. The Vidhan Sabha Secretariat has received over 390 questions for the budget session so far. Out of these, 95 questions are un-starred while 292 starred questions. The Vidhan Sabha Secretariat has received 105 starred and 94 un-starred questions online. It’s recalled here that HP Vidhan Sabha is the first in the country to have shifted in totality as the paper-less assembly. The House will begin with the Governor’s Address on the first day of March, a tradition to continue. The Governor’s Address by Acharya Devvrat will pivot around the achievements of the state government and the impediments faced in financial management.
All official work will be run from the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat which has housed proper offices of the Leader of the House and the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Leader of the Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal, the Chief Secretary V C Pharka, all the Ministers and other Members of Council of Minister and the Parliamentary Secretaries.
People, to be more specific the electorate, will assess the performance the leaders of both the parties in the assembly. This continued ‘debate’ indoors will certainly influence electorate, may be marginally. However, the marginal shift of 3 to 5 per cent electorate turns the tables or paves the way to the corridors of power.