New Delhi, Oct 29: With the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections round the edge, Palampur in the hilly state is all geared to witness an interesting contest on November 9 where two fresh faces of Congress and BJP are pitted against a former MLA. The BJP has fielded the state president of the party’s Mahila Morcha, Indu Goswami, while the Congress has chosen Ashish Butail, who is the son of outgoing Speaker and current MLA from Palampur, Brij Behari Lal Butail. Also Read - A Uniform Body Of Law Strengthens The Sovereignty Of State And Uniform Civil Code Is The First Step Towards It

Both the candidates are making their debut in the polls and they will be competing against Praveen Sharma, the former legislator of the saffron party. Sharma has decided to fight as an independent candidate after the Narendra Modi government did not give him a ticket. Sharma could dampen the prospects of Goswami, who is seen as an outsider as she hails from the adjoining Baijnath constituency, reserved for a Scheduled Caste candidate. Also Read - Self Defence: Cooch Behar Firing Took Place After Locals Attacked CISF Jawans, Says Election Commission

“My former party was offering me the role of chairmanship of boards and corporations, but I refused as I wanted to serve the people and not be limited within walls,” said Sharma. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Seeks Amit Shah's Resignation Over Cooch Behar Firing, Accuses Central Forces of Working At BJP's Behest

Indu Goswami:

Goswami claimed she lobbied for greater representation for women with her party. “It is only me, who requested the national leadership of BJP to give at least 10 assembly seats to women in the assembly polls and I am grateful to the top leadership of the Modi government as it has given six assembly seats to women.”

“For the last 30 years, I have worked for BJP with dedication and also I have worked in the state women commission in 1999 and then worked as state president of the Mahila Morcha. I wish to prove my worth by bringing in development in Palampur that is the highly needed at this time, stated Goswami.”

As per reports, Goswami is said to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also the PM might address a rally in Palampur in her support.

Ashish Butail:

The father of 39-year-old is a respected leader and he has been given the responsibility to carry forward the political legacy of the family. Promoting dynastic politics has not gone down well with the party workers of Congress.

His father had won Palampur assembly seat five times out of the 11 elections held after the inclusion of the Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh from Punjab in 1996.
Talking to PTI, junior Butail said,” My father has served people of this area for many years. He worked hard to bring in development and now it is my duty to take his work forward.”