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Uttarakhand Polls: BJP faces an uphill task in hill state for 2022
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, which was the best performance by any party in the Himalayan state.
BJP insiders feel that it would have been better if the party had brought in Dhami as the CM at the very beginning instead of Tirath Singh Rawat, who was dumped after a political crisis gripped the state in July.
Also, the change of leadership was prompted after the EC refused to hold a bypoll that could have enabled Rawat’s election to the state Assembly, a mandatory and constitutional requirement.