Shimla/Dharamshala, Oct. 28 -- With the bypolls being seen as a precursor to the assembly elections, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday predicted that the BJP will retain the prestigious Mandi Lok Sabha constituency, and also win the three assembly segments - Arki, Fatehpur and Jubbal-Kotkhai.

Addressing an election rally at Karsog of Mandi district, Thakur said the grand old party had been decimated and only its name remained. Boasting of BJP candidate Brigadier Khushal Thakur's military contributions, he said, "If we are able to sleep peacefully at our homes, it is only because of our soldiers guarding the border." On the hot button issue of inflation, the chief minister said it was a global phenomenon that had been caused due to...