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Contrasting tale of two offices

Cadre celebrate in BJP office while Congress office wore a deserted look

As the initial trends on start of counting started giving indication of BJP’s victory, the party offices of BJP and Congress presented pictures which were markedly different from one another.  As most of the exit polls had given a clear majority to the BJP, the party workers sensing their victory had gathered at the state party office located on Balbir Road in large numbers in the morning. In anticipation of the victory, the BJP had made elaborate arrangements at the state party office. A big TV screen was installed at the office for the workers.  As the TV news channels started airing lead of BJP in the elections more party workers, leaders and sympathisers started gathering at the office.  At around 11.45 am when, the party candidates in all the five seats of Uttarakhand got substantial lead over their rivals an impromptu celebration started in the office. On the beats of drums, enthusiastic BJP workers started dancing. Among the leaders, Rajpur road MLA, Khajan Das was first to arrive in the office, he was closely followed by the minister of state for higher education, Dhan Singh Rawat. On arrival of these leaders, the party workers raised slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The workers also smeared gulal on each other while congratulating each other. In the afternoon the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat accompanied by cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik, candidate from Tehri Lok Sabha, Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, former chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Mayor of Muncipal Corporation  of Dehradun ( MCD), Sunil Uniyal Gama arrived in the office to join the celebration. On their arrival the party workers burst crackers and distributed sweets.  While BJP office was bustling with activity and celebration, Rajiv Bhawan, the state party office on busy Rajpur road wore a deserted look.  A lock was placed on the door of the office of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Pritam Singh. Other Congress leaders who are regularly seen in the office were also conspicuous by their absence. Some party workers though were sitting in the office with a look of dejection. “We need to introspect on the failure. Our party should accept that the BJP fought the election systematically and in a planned manner. Their machinery was much more efficient than ours and they outwitted us in every field,’’ said a senior party worker. Friday, 24 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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