Rebels Pose Chal­lenge to Cong, BJP in U’khand

Both par­ties have, how­ever, suc­ceeded in paci­fy­ing rebel can­di­dates in some con­stituen­cies and per­suaded them to with­draw

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Dehradun: The rul­ing Congress as well as the op­po­si­tion BJP are grap­pling with the pres­ence of rebels turned in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates in the up­com­ing Assem­bly elec­tion. Be­sides, the Congress is fac­ing a po­ten­tially se­ri­ous chal­lenge from the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) in more than a dozen seats.

While the Congress has ex­pelled more than 20 rebels since the last date for with­drawal of nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Fe­bru­ary 1, the BJP has shown the door to17 such can­di­dates, in­clud­ing three for­mer MLAs. Both the par­ties have, how­ever, suc­ceeded in paci­fy­ing the rebel can­di­dates in some im­por­tant con­stituen­cies and per­suaded them to with­draw their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers. Polling is due on Fe­bru­ary 15. The BJP has paci­fied four sit­ting MLAs who were de­nied ticket in this elec­tion — Vi­jaya Barth­wal, Ti­rath Singh Rawat, Ma­habir Ran­gar and Chan­drashekhar — to with­draw their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers.

Sim­i­larly, the Congress has pre­vailed over Shilpi Arora, Ran­jit Das, Ra­jen­dra Dhawan, Ramesh Max and Ga­jen­dra Singh Pan­war, who have with­drawn their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers from Kichcha, Bagesh­war, Cantt, Kha­tima and Ru­draprayag assem­bly seats re­spec­tively.

The sit­u­a­tion is tough for both the Congress and the BJP in Sa­haspur and Ranikhet. While Congress’ state pres­i­dent Kishore Upad­hyay is fac­ing a se­ri­ous chal­lenge from his party’s old hand and now an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date, Aryen­dra Sharma, in Sa­haspur seat, the source of headache for BJP’s state pres­i­dent Ajay Bhatt in Ranikhet assem­bly seat is the party rebel Pramod Nain­wal.


BSP, which is con­test­ing from all the 70 seats in the state, is con­sid­ered to be the third emerg­ing po­lit­i­cal force in view of its good per­for­mance in the assem­bly polls in the past. While it had bagged eight seats in 2007 Assem­bly polls, it won only three seats in 2012. How­ever, its vote share has grown in con­sec­u­tive Assem­bly elec­tions. Harid­war and Ud­ham­s­ingh Na­gar dis­tricts, which have 20 seats un­der their ju­ris­dic­tions, are con­sid­ered to be BSP’s strong­hold.

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