Shimla: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is coming again to the picturesque Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh to address election meetings from Thursday.

The first rally will be held in Keylong, a Congress leader told reporters on Tuesday. After the rally and interacting with the locals, Gandhi will head to Solan town for another rally.

Keylong town, some 450 km from state capital Shimla, is dominated by tribals where night temperatures dropped below the freezing point after Monday's snowfall.

Officials said Gandhi last visited Keylong in 2009 after the Lok Sabha elections got over. For the Lahaul and Spiti seat, the Congress has pitted Ravi Thakur against Bharatiya Janata Party's two-time legislator Ram Lal Markandey.

Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had visited Lahaul for decades ago when she was general secretary of the Youth Congress. Congress candidate Ravi Thakur’s mother late Lata Thakur had good rapport with Indira Gandhi that is why the former Prime Minister visited Lahaul four times.

For the first time, Indira Gandhi herself had dreamt of tunnel being constructed to link Lahaul with Kullu. It is of great strategic importance. Ravi’s father Nihal Thakur has also been Congress office bearers.

Himachal Pradesh will go to the polls on November 4 and votes will be counted on December 20.


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