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LS polls: Over 53 lakh voters to seal fate of 45 candidates in HP Sunday

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Five MLAs, including a state minister, are among the 45 candidates trying to make it to Parliament from where polling will be held Sunday, the last phase of voting in the 2019 elections.

Among the 45 candidates is nominee from Mandi, Aashray Sharma, whose father had to sacrifice his berth in the state's BJP government.

There are 53,30,154 registered voters for the four constituencies -- Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra -- in the state.

A direct contest is expected between the and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which had won all four seats in 2014.

The BJP has fielded the state's Food and Civil Supplies in Kangra after dropping sitting

Kangra's MLA Pawan Kajal is contesting against him.

In Hamirpur, three-time and former BCCI is in the fray on a BJP ticket. He faces Sri Naina Devi's Congress MLA

BJP's Pachhad MLA is contesting against Solan Congress MLA Dhani for the Shimla (SC) parliamentary seat.

Aashray Sharma, who is the grandson of former Sukh Ram, is contesting against BJP in Mandi.

His father had to resign from the state cabinet after he decided to contest on the Congress ticket.

Anil Sharma's resignation followed an awkward phase during which the refused to campaign for his own party's candidate in Mandi, insisting that he would not takes sides.

The state is almost certain to see some assembly by-polls in the coming months to fill vacant seats, as both the Congress and the BJP have fielded MLAs.

Although the state sends just four MPs to the Lok Sabha, political parties spared no efforts during the last days of the campaign.

Both and Congress addressed rallies in the state.

of Police (law and order) Khushhal Sharma said elaborate security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the polls in the state.

Forty-seven companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been deployed along with the and home personnel to ensure free and fair elections, he told on Saturday.

said 7,723 polling stations have been set up in the state and out of which 373 have been declared as critical and 939 as vulnerable.

Voting in the state will begin at 7 am and will go on till 6 pm.

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 17:46 IST