HI­MACHAL’S PO­LIT­I­CAL RE­GIONS

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Ht Himachal Poll Primer -

UP­PER AR­EAS

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 BELT

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.

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