Manali: Candidates hit snow wall in Lahaul valley

MANALI: With Only 10 Days To Go Lok Sabha Elections In And Parts Of The State Stay Inaccessible Because Of Snow, Campaigning Has Been Difficult For Candidates And Political Party Leaders In These Tribal Territories. Because Roads Stay Inaccessible, Only Lahaul Tribes Or Those Working In The Valley, May Use The" Still To Open" Rohtang Tunnel In Case Of Emergency.

Because Even Those Who Contest From The Mandi Parliamentary Seat May Not Use The Tunnel For Campaigns, The Only Option They Remain To Cross The 1350 Meter High Road Rohtang Pass , Which Has 10-30 Feet Of Snow, On Foot.

Congress Candidate Aashray Sharma Had To Fly From Spiti In A Helicopter To Keylong On 2 May, But In Bad Weather He Had To Postpone The Schedule. BJP Candidate Ram Swaroop Sharma Also Plans To Visit The Valley And Waits For The Snow To Be Cleared Off The Roads.

With Campaigns That Have Not Yet Started In Lahaul, It Is No Wonder That There Are No Party Flags And Posters Visible In The Valley.

“Politicians Don't Give Much Importance To Lahaul-Spiti District As The Number Of Voters, Which Is Just 23,000, Does Not Matter. Besides, It Is A Tough Terrain. The Candidates Contesting Elections Should At Least Visit The Valley After Crossing Over Rohtang Pass And See The Difficult Life We ​​live. No National Leader Has Ever Visited Our District For A Political Rally. They Target A Place That Has A Huge Number Of Voters, ”Shamsher Singh, A Lahaul Resident, Said.

Agriculture Minister Ram Lal Markanda, Who Is MLA Of Lahaul-Spiti, Said He Had Already Visited Most Villages. Swaroop Sharma, Who Plans To Visit The Area For Doorstep Selling.

Former Lahaul-Spiti MLA Ravi Thakur Of Congress Said He Met Residents And Party People To Point Out The BJP's Failure In Developing The Tribal Areas Of Himachal Pradesh.