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Friday, 16 March 2018 | PNS | DEHRADUN- State Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the setback to the BJP in the Lok Sabha by-elections of Uttar Pradesh will have no effect on the prospects of the party in Uttarakhand. Replying to the questions of journalists at state party office on Thursday, the CM of Uttarakhand said that party would perform well in the upcoming elections of urban local bodies. He attributed loss of Gorakhpur and Phoolpur Lok Sabha seats to the overconfidence of the party workers. The Uttarakhand CM was of the view that coming together of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also affected the outcome of these polls. The State party president Ajay Bhatt who also was present on the occasion brushed aside the electoral reversal to the party in the Lok Sabha bypolls as temporary phenomenon which will have no bearing on the party. “We lost three Vidhan Sabha by-elections in Uttarakhand after which everyone wrote us off but we bounced back and won 57 seats in the Assembly elections of 2016,” he said. Prophesying that victory chariot of BJP would continue to roll; Bhatt said that party would perform wonderfully in the Uttarakhand. Though the BJP leaders of Uttarakhand are putting up a brave face and adopting an ‘All is well’ posture, anxiety is clearly visible among the rank and file of the party. The political observers also opine that defeat of BJP in neighbouring UP in the crucial by election should ring alarm bells for the state Unit of Uttarakhand BJP. “We should take lesson from these defeats. The assembly elections of UP were held along with Uttarakhand and within one year the change in mood of the people is visible in these bypoll results. In Uttarakhand the municipal body election and by election for Tharali Assembly seat are due and the party cadre should start preparations for them without any further delay. Further an in-depth introspection of government’s work should be taken and corrective measures taken,” conceded one party leader.


The defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls is a sign of the public disenchantment with the BJP Government. The results of the UP bypolls and other polls in various States show that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) will be elected to form Government at the Centre in 2019, said Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh. He stressed that the bypoll results will also exert an effect on the political scenario in Uttarakhand. Referring to the bypoll results the PCC chief said, “The bypoll results not only in Uttar Pradesh but also in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh clearly show what the people think about the performance of the BJP Government. During the 2014 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made various promises to the people. He had promised to bring back black money stashed overseas, to facilitate major employment generation, all round development and strengthening national security,” he said. “We have seen since then that the black money stashed overseas has not been brought back. The youth continue to struggle with unemployment while the national defence strategy is such that China has continued to increase its dominance not only at Doklam along the international border with India but is also strengthening its presence in our neighbouring countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives. The BJP Government has also failed to effectively tackle terrorism. The people have become disillusioned with the BJP due to the consistent contradictions in what was earlier promised and what is being delivered,” he added. Referring to the BJP Government in Uttarakhand, Singh added, “The State Government has completed about one year in office. Since its formation, this State Government has done little more than stall various developmental works in the state. The condition of farmers has remained dire with even farmers committing suicide in the state for the first time. Under such circumstances, the state Government has remained insensitive with the CM commenting about suicides becoming a ‘fashion’.” The PCC chief stressed that the bypoll results will have a definite impact also on the political scenario in Uttarakhand.

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