The Hush Post: Like Rajinder Rana, who decimated the two time Chief Minister Prem Kumar here is another Rana, who decimated his long time friend and samdhi Anurag Thakur’s father-in-law, Gulab Singh Thakur.
Prakash Rana belongs to a small village called Gulvan in Mandi. He went abroad when he was young and established his business worth millions in the middle-east.
On Monday, Rana who debuted in politics, shot into fame in the state politics when he defeated former minister Gulab Singh, a BJP stalwart.
Both the samdhis had started trailing from the word go as the counting of votes started on the EVM machines. While Dhumal’s fate went up and down many times like a fluctuating ECG, Prakash Rana started leading from the very outset and the line on the graph only went up and stopped at the figure 6,635.
An Independent candidate, Rana lived in Saudi Arabia for 30 years and has come to live in his village and pay back to his place of birth. The surprise winner said he wanted to fulfil the dreams of his father, Prem Rana, who had served the Army.
Back in the middle-east, Rana’s huge business is taken care of by his son. “I have donated 10 per cent of my earnings from the day I began earning,” said Rana. He added he wasn’t sure about contesting elections despite his father’s will. But he was egged to do so since the area lacked development. Rana has built a large bungalow in his village and also has built a private helipad near his residence. He owns a chopper and a fleet of vehicles, including a Mercedes Benz. On the other hand, Rajinder Rana, the Sujjanpur MLA, is a giant in his constituency, a social worker-cum-politician, who has helped people during the time of their illness, and has also helped in marrying thousands of young girls of parents, who can’t afford the kind of money required for marriages. A one-time Dhumal loyalist, and then who went to the Congress as Virbhadra Singh welcomed him with open arms, at the time when reporters questioned him, on whether he would lose, Rajinder Rana had said,”I will not tell you that I will win. I want you to come to me on the day the results are declared.” Local journalists say, he has such an influence in Sujjanpur constituency that he had enumerated his victory margin.