HIMACHAL’S POLITICAL REGIONS
Upper or Old Himachal comprises the Shimla hills that were under British control before Independence. This region was merged into Himachal Pradesh in 1966. A Congress bastion, the region has given the state three chief ministers, namely YS Parmar, Thakur Ram Lal and Virbhadra Singh. It comprises Chamba, Sirmaur, Solan, Shimla, Kullu and Mandi districts.
Lower or New Himachal comprises areas that were added to the state after the reorganisation of Punjab in 1966. The BJP was strong in Kangra district when it was part of Punjab. Two of the party’s chief ministers, Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal, come from this agricultural region that includes Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts.