"My father was a reluctant politician, he had to be coaxed by Pandit Nehru but I was always keen, this is all I saw growing up," he tells NDTV.
As Vikramaditya heads out to campaign, he dresses up in the local attire of Nehru jacket and the Himachal cap like his father, bends down to touch the feet of all the elders on the road and with folded hands, asks them to show trust in him.
"I grew a moustache because people now need to see I am a grown man, I mean business, plus a Rajput without a mooch is no good," he says.
While Vikramaditya is harping a great deal on his father's image to get votes, he also has some bad publicity to tackle. A couple of months ago, the regional press was abuzz with drugs being allegedly found in his car and the opposition ran a campaign on his alleged drinking habits, calling him a rich spoilt brat. He is today also the richest candidate in Himachal Pradesh with assets totaling 84 crores.
Vikramaditya will contest from Shimla Rural, a seat his 83-year-old father has vacated to ensure a safe constituency for the debutant.
Himachal Pradesh will vote tomorrow; votes will be counted along with Gujarat on December 18.
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