Always knew Harish Rawat would lose from both seats: Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'

Harish Rawat has lost from both constituencies he contested Uttarakhand Assembly elections from
Ramesh Pohkriyal - India TV Source: PTI
India TV Politics Desk Dehradun 11 Mar 2017, 01:50 PM

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand today said that there were no issues within the party with regard to the selection of the Chief Minister in the state.

“Every party worker is a Chief Minister in BJP,” Pokhriyal said. When questioned about rumours of him taking the top post, he said that the party workers were discussing his candidature because he was also a party worker.

“If the workers are discussing my name for the post (CM) it is because I am also a worker.”

The comments by Pokhriyal came on the back of a stellar performance by the BJP in the hill-state which was in the news for the Constitutional crisis it had plunged into after the imposition of the President’s rule in the state which was later overturned by the Supreme Court.

As per current trends, the BJP is leading on 56 of 70 seats and the Congress is ahead on 12 seats.

Congress leader and incumbent CM Harish Rawat, who was contesting from the two seats of Haridwar (rural) and Kichcha, lost from both constituencies.

Pointing to the alleged wrongdoings by the Harish Rawat government in the state, Pokhriyal said that he had never had his doubts about him losing.

“It was anyways known that Harish Rawat would lose from both seats,” Pokhriyal said. “God had given ample indications to Harish Rawat that things were going wrong but he didn’t listen,” he added.

Pokhriyal further said that now that the BJP was set to come to power in the state, all the aspirations of the people would be fulfilled. “BJP will fulfil the expectations of the government. We will make Uttarakhand a model state,” he said.  

Pokhriyal further stressed that there were no issues pertaining to the Chief Minister’s post and that the decision of the party will be acceptable to all.   

“Any candidate that the party picks for the CM’s post will be acceptable to all,” he reiterated. 

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