THE STALWART SHANTA KUMAR, 83 (BJP)
An RSS pracharak in his early years, the founder of the BJP in the hill state, Shanta Kumar began as a panch and entered the assembly in 1972. He became CM of the Janata Party government at 42 in 1977 and again in 1990. Shanta Kumar was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.known for his plain speak, Shanta Kumar has the ability to tilt political scales, especially in Kangra, his bastion that sends 15 legislators to the 68-member House. His participation in the campaign will give thrust to BJP’S efforts to recapture power in the state.