‘Peo­ple are fed up, they want a third al­ter­na­tive’

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Will your party play the spoiler’s role? Have the BJP and Congress for­got­ten what hap­pened when Sukh Ram launched the Hi­machal Vikas Congress ( HVC)? The main par­ties had to take sup­port from the HVC. In Pun­jab, there is a small party like the Akali Dal in power. Peo­ple’s bless­ings are with us. We have al­ready an­nounced 43 can­di­dates and more will fol­low soon. What is your grouse against the Congress? There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween the BJP and the Congress. I don’t want to name in­di­vid­u­als, but the high court has said that both the par­ties were act­ing at the be­hest of cor­po­rate houses.

and the You have been a part of the and were close to Shanta Ku­mar. What ails the party? In­fight­ing is one of the is­sues. Shanta Ku­mar was al­ways against cor­rup­tion and nepo­tism. I’m sur­prised that he is sup­port­ing a party which is guilty on both counts. If there’s a hung Assem­bly, will you sup­port one of the big­ger par­ties? Hi­machal Pradesh may be a small state, but the peo­ple are po­lit­i­cally very as­tute. I’m con­fi­dent that such a sit­u­a­tion will not arise where we will have to sup­port any party.

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