BJP storms back in Uttarakhand; Rawat loses both seats

Rajat Kain

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The Modi wave continued unabated in Uttarakhand with BJP heading for a mammoth victory scoring nearly 60 MLAs in a 70-member house. While the Congress was decimated, its loss is accentuated with outgoing Chief Minister Harish Rawat losing from both the seats he had contested – Haridwar and Kiccha.

Just like the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, BJP’s march to power in Uttarakhand was unstoppable.

Confirming the early trends and converting leads into victory, BJP is looking set to win over 56 seats. Majority of Congress rebels who had turned sides in the last year are on course of romping home with handsome lead, including Harak Singh Rawat and Satpal Maharaj.

But what will hurt the Congress most is twin defeats for Harish Rawat – the man who had won his office after Centre’s decision to impose President’s rule in the state was quashed by the Supreme Court.

Rawat lost both his Haridwar (Rural) seat by over 12 thousand votes, while BJP’s Rajesh Shukla defeated the outgoing Chief Minister by a slender margin of over 2000 votes.

Commenting on his loss, the BJP termed it a complete rejection of his leadership.

“While Rawat has lost by over 12,000 votes in Haridwar (rural) already, he is heading for a loss in Kiccha as well, though with a narrower margin. This is a complete rejection of his leadership,” Pradesh BJP spokesman Munna Singh Chauhan had told the news agency PTI.

Attributing Rawat’s defeat to thriving corruption and a strong anti-incumbency, Chauhan said the massive surge of support for the BJP reflected in the trends and results available so far were due to a clear “Modi wave which has only gathered steam over the two-and-half years of his extra- ordinary performance at the Centre”.

“People were totally disillusioned with Rawat government under whom corruption flourished like never before and they were desperately looking for change.

“Narendra Modi’s style of leadership, his head-on approach towards dealing with corruption inspired confidence among the masses who voted overwhelmingly in favour of the BJP for a clean and accountable government,” the BJP leader said.

(With inputs from the PTI)