If the internal surveys of the party as well as the opinion polls are to be believed, Bhartiya Janata Party is all set to form the Government in Himachal Pradesh.
Following the similar path as of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat the party seems to go with a Deputy Chief Minister in the hills too.
The party has already declared Prem Kumar Dhumal as Chief Ministerial candidate. Declaration of Dhumal as the Chief Ministerial candidate came on the backdrop of his reach and popularity than any other leader but if the sources are to be believed the seventy-three years old leader neither fit upon the Modi-Shah unwritten rule of no elected representative over the age of 75, nor he is close to the duo.
Meanwhile, even if Dhumal wins the state for the party, it is not sure whether BJP will set aside its retirement age rule for him, when he turns 75 in two years or party has kept an option for him to be replaced after the retirement.
Amit Shah, BJP President, declared Dhumal’s name during a rally, unlike any conference just to avoid such questions. If Dhumal has to be replaced after 75, who will be the successor – will it be J.P. Nadda, the current Minister of Health and Family Welfare or any old dark horse in the party?