BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed rally in Palampur which falls under Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat. Palampur is the home-town of Kargil martyr Vikram Batra. Narendra Modi in his speech borrowed his famous catch-phrase ‘Yeh Dil Maange More’. Captain Batra famously used the phrase from an ad campaign in an interview to news channel, before he died fighting the 1999 Kargil war. He was 24. Also Read - A Uniform Body Of Law Strengthens The Sovereignty Of State And Uniform Civil Code Is The First Step Towards It
This is very common in Hamirpur which is known for its large concentration of ex-servicemen and serving soldiers. The Congress rallies as well had sought votes in the name of Capt. Batra’s legacy. Unlike BJP and Congress there is also one candidate whose propaganda does not revolve around the martyr. She is the mother of Capt.Batra, Kamal Kanta Batra. Also Read - 4-Day Tika Utsav Begins Today, Special Drive to Vaccinate Maximum Eligible People | All You Need to Know
Mrs. Batra is fielded by AAP from the high profile Hamirpur constituency. Although, she knows she is no competition to the BJP candidate Anurag Thakur. She is not interested in assailing the Congress candidate Rajinder Rana either. She only talks about AAP’s agenda and basic issues of the country in her rallies. Mrs. Batra, proud of her son’s sacrifice says she won’t make it a poll issue like other political parties have. Also Read - Self Defence: Cooch Behar Firing Took Place After Locals Attacked CISF Jawans, Says Election Commission
In an interview to Indian Express she said, “I don’t talk about my son’s sacrifice. It is something a mother of a martyr should feel proud of and can’t make an issue of vote-politics. But when I introduce myself, emotions overflow and people recognise me as Capt. Vikram Batra’s mother. It is a big honour.”
Mrs Batra has been reticent about using her war hero son’s name during her campaign all through. Her propaganda revolves around the real issues like price rise, corruption and Jan Lokpal.
Himachal Pradesh has traditionally voted for either the BJP or the Congress but the emotional draw of Mrs Batra cannot be discounted by the voters in this Lok Sabha Election.