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BJP faces uphill task in hill state
New Delhi: For the BJP, the task appears uphill in the hill state of Uttarakhand.
The ruling party seems to be grappling with twin issues -- aftermath of COVID-19 and the apparent impact of change in CM, the third since the last elections -- as the state prepares for 2022 Assembly elections.
The “lack” of economic development and employment opportunities, as alleged by the opposition, may also emerge as key concern for the party.
With these major challenges staring the saffron party in the face, the BJP launched its poll campaign with Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami promising at a ‘Jan
Ashirwad Rally’ that all the announcements made by the state government in the last four years would be fulfilled.
The BJP had registered a thumping victory in the last Assembly elections, winning 57 of the 70 seats, best performance by any party in the state.
BJP insiders feel it would have been better if the party had brought in Dhami as CM at the very beginning instead of Tirath Singh Rawat, who was dumped after a political crisis gripped the state in July.
Also, change of leadership was prompted after the Election Commission refused to hold a bypoll that could have enabled Rawat’s election to the state Assembly, a mandatory and constitutional requirement.
The Opposition, on the other hand, is counting big on these issues.
It has also hit out at the ruling party for indulging in electoral events like ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ instead of preparing for the probable third wave of coronavirus pandemic and ensuring mass vaccination. According to the C-Voter Survey, BJP may retain power by winning 44-48 seats, while Congress may get 19 to 23 seats, Aam Aadmi Party 0 to 4 seats and others 0 to 2 seats out of total 70 assembly seats.