BJP using administrative clout to affect outcome in by-elections: Harish Rawat

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat has claimed that the Congress candidates are poised to win both Manglaur and Badrinath Assembly by-elections while the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to exploit the official machinery. Interacting with media persons in Roorkee on Monday, Rawat said that the people of Manglaur and Badrinath Vidhan Sabha constituencies have made up their minds to support the Congress party in the by-elections due to which there is panic in the ruling dispensation. Rawat alleged that the ruling BJP has unleashed the administrative clout on Congress party to win the by-election which shows its desperation. He added that apart from misusing the administration, the ruling party has also pushed goons from other States in Manglaur to threaten the people and workers of the Congress party. Rawat averred that the Congress party will fight against both the administrative hegemony and anti-social elements.

He said that Uttarakhand has a history of peaceful elections and the ruling party will be responsible if this tradition is broken.“The BJP has not only imported its candidate but also the goons from outside in Manglaur. I have concrete information that about 200 people from other States are camping in Manglaur. The election commission should take cognisance of their presence and ask them to leave Manglaur,’’ he said. 

Rawat said that being the custodian of the people of the State, CM Dhami should take an initiative in this regard.  He said that Congress is determined to fight the hegemony of administration and presence of anti-social elements and added that the people of Badrinath and Manglaur have made up their mind to vote for Congress candidates in the by-elections.
 The leader of opposition (LoP) in Vidhan Sabha Yashpal Arya, Chakrata MLA and former Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh and other leaders were also present on the occasion.

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