BJP has fielded Rajat Thakur, son of Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh, from Dharampur, Chetan Bragta, son of former minister Narinder Bragta, from Jubbal-Kotkhai and Anil Dhiman, son of former minister ID Dhiman, from Bhoranj. BJP’s Mandi Sadar candidate Anil Sharma is the son of a former Union Telecommunication Minister, Sukh Ram.
The BJP had denied ticket to Chetan from Jubbal-Kotkhai for the 2021 Assembly by-elections that were necessitated following the demise of his father Narinder Bragta, who was Horticulture Minister then. He was the most formidable candidate and could have got sympathy votes but was still denied ticket on the ground of the party’s stand on dynastic politics.
Chetan had fought the byelections as an Independent candidate. He lost the byelections but proved his mettle, as BJP candidate Neelam lost her security deposit.