Shimla:  In poll-bound Himachal, where political heat has reached to the maximum in its last leg, the capping on LPG cylinders following a recent order by the Centre has pushed all other issues on the backburner with the ruling BJP banking on it to keep voters away from Congress.
    
"Gas ke chulhe ki mar ya Induction chulhe ka uphar (choice is yours, whether a free induction stove or the pinch of cap on LPG cylinders)" has become new banner slogan of the BJP, which, by announcing free induction stoves to all households, is trying its best to convince people that choosing Congress won't be a wise option.
    
Banners flashing induction stoves are on display at every key poll rally to remind voters of BJP's promise and keep the decision on LPG cylinders taken by Congress-led UPA government at the Centre afresh in their minds.
    
BJP workers donning aprons with picture of LPG cylinder and comparative prices of cooking gas and other commodities imprinted on them are campaigning in the state.
    
Meanwhile, the Congress too seems to be in no mood to give up and it has been regularly questioning the rationale behind the Himachal government not hiking the cap by three additional cylinders, as done by various Congress-led state governments.
    
With both the parties taking their campaigns to the middle-class kitchens, the issue of corruption, that was raised prominently by both the parties against eachother, has apparently taken a back seat.
    
Earlier, while the BJP was targeting Congress over allegations levelled against HPCC president and former Union minister Virbhadra Singh, Congress was busy cornering its main political opponent in the state over charges against Nitin Gadkari.

(Agencies)

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