Lok Sabha Elections / 'King' vs 'Queen' in Mandi, Vikramaditya will contest against Kangana on the seat

Zoom News : Apr 14, 2024, 10:00 AM
Lok Sabha Elections: There is a possibility of a very interesting contest on Mandi Lok Sabha seat of Himachal Pradesh. There is going to be a King vs Queen contest on this seat. While BJP has fielded Bollywood actress Kangana, Congress has made Vikramaditya Singh, son of former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and minister in the state government, its candidate. Kangana gained a lot of popularity by acting in the Bollywood movie Queen, while Vikramaditya Singh belongs to the royal family. That's why the contest here is being called 'King vs Queen'.

Descendants of former princely states won in 13 elections

Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Vikramaditya Singh is the son of six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Congress state unit president Pratibha Singh. Historically, the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency has elected descendants of the former princely states in 13 out of 19 elections, including two by-elections, since 1952.

'Queen of Controversies' and 'Chhota Pappu'

Vikramaditya Singh, a two-time MLA from Shimla (Rural) assembly constituency, is not new to the Mandi parliamentary constituency as both his father and mother have won the seat thrice each. Singh had campaigned extensively for his mother in the 2021 by-election from Mandi Lok Sabha seat. Even before his candidature was announced, a heated debate had erupted between Vikramaditya Singh and Bollywood film 'Queen' actress Kangana. While on one hand Vikramaditya Singh had called Ranaut the 'queen of controversies', the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate had indirectly called her 'Chhota Pappu'.

Not your father's kingdom - Kangana

Last Thursday, Kangana Ranaut had made a scathing attack on Vikramaditya Singh and said, "This is not the state of your forefathers, that you will scare and threaten me and send me back." Vikramaditya Singh had said in a statement that He prays to Lord Ram to give him (Kangana Ranaut) wisdom.

Kangana had indirectly termed Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Vikramaditya Singh as 'Pappu' and said that there is a 'Bada Pappu' in Delhi and a 'Chhota Pappu' in Himachal who says that she eats beef. Kangana asked why he was not showing proof of her eating beef. Strengthening her claim on this seat, Kangana had said in a statement, “I have made my name in the film industry without the help of my father and mother.