According to the Times of India, Chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who himself is camping at Dharamsala said that, keeping in mind the significance and history of Dharamsala, it fully deserved to be the second capital of the state.
Shimla is officially the capital of Himachal Pradesh but in the smart city mission of the Government of India, Dharamsala has been selected over Shimla.
Dharamsala is around 250 km away from Shimla Since Dharamsala will also serve as the second capital, the people of Kangra district and the nearby areas will benefit from this special status as they would not have to travel to longer distance to Shimla for their work.
Dharamsala attracts tourists not only due to the beautiful scenery it offers, but also due to the fact that Dalai Lama is settled there. Prominent personalities across the world visit this hilly town throughout the year.
A complete Vidhan Sabha building is existing in Dharamsala for which the foundation was laid in 2006. This town has already been a witness of holding 12 winter sessions of the assembly so for. Dharamsala lies in the Kangra district, which is the largest district in the state with 15 of 68 assembly seats.