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

The Kotkhai school girl’s gan­grape and mur­der and killing of for­est guard Hoshi­yar Singh shook the hill state this year.Drug men­ace and tree felling are also is­sues. BJP: Says with CMVirb­hadra Singh him­self on bail in cor­rup­tion case, what can be ex­pected from state ma­chin­ery? Con­gress: Con­gress cites pre­vi­ous crime fig­ures in its de­fence. Virb­hadra says, “Crime is com­mon in so­ci­ety but our govern­ment has tried to con­tain it.” CPM: Blames both Con­gress and BJP for shel­ter­ing crim­i­nals.

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