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Dehradun, September 28
Lacking spark, the BJP election campaign for Mala Raj Lakshmi Shah continues to be lacklustre with senior leaders unable to effectively harness the resentment of the people.

At a time when the UPA government’s recent decision to put a cap on the number of subsidized cylinders and rising inflation and poor track record of the Bahuguna government are expected to work against the Congress candidate in the Tehri parliamentary election, the Uttarakhand BJP has failed to capitalise on it.
Party leaders reveal that there is no sincere efforts of the BJP leaders to get things moving for the party that is desperate for a win.
“A win here will change the equation. We will be able to wrest at least one parliamentary seat from the Congress but our leaders are seized by personal interests and are not motivated enough for the party. In some places, the BJP party workers are not coming out to work for the party candidate,” said a senior leader.
Since the delimitation exercise took place in 2009, the parliamentary constituency profile has dramatically changed, with more assembly segments of Dehradun district falling in the Tehri parliamentary seat.
“Which side the voters in the assembly segments comprising Raipur, Rajpur Road (SC), Dehradun Cantt, Mussoorie, Chakrata (ST), Vikasnagar and Sahaspur vote will prove decisive in the battle for Tehri. Going by the 2012 assembly results in these segments, the Congress had an edge. It won four out of the seven assembly seats falling under the Tehri parliamentary seat. The BJP can make a difference here, if it manages to attract Nepali voters. In the remaining assembly segments of Tehri and Uttarkashi, we are hopeful of receiving good response,” said Suresh Joshi, BJP general secretary.
Besides, the BJP is awaiting for the last surge and for the national leaders to descend on the election scene in Uttarakhand to perk up the tottering campaign.
“As the byelection for the Tehri parliamentary seat will be affected by the national issues, we are hopeful that once our national leaders begin campaigning, they will be able to put issues before the people and strike a chord. The BJP has gone at it hammer and tongs on the Coalgate scam, FDI in retail and a cap on the subsidized cylinders and we will step up pressure in Uttarakhand,” said Joshi.
A win in Tehri will change the equation. We will be able to wrest at least one parliamentary seat from the Congress but our leaders are seized by personal interests and are not motivated enough for the party. In some places, the BJP party workers are not coming out to work for the party candidate
— A senior BJP leader


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