Dehradun, October 14
President of the state unit of the BJP BS Chuphal today asked Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna to take moral responsibility for his party’s (Congress) defeat in the Tehri byelection and tender his resignation.

“Without wasting time, Bahuguna should resign as he has lost the confidence of the people. He should take responsibility for the party’s poor show yesterday,” said Chuphal, while speaking to mediapersons here today.
Chuphal said the results of Tehri would be reflected in the coming local bodies, panchayat and cooperative bodies elections. “By voting overwhelmingly for the BJP, the people of Tehri have rejected the seven-month rule of the Congress-led state government. By the time the general election are held, the people would also boot out four Congress MPs, who have failed to perform their duties,” he said.
Chuphal said people were unhappy with the lack of development in the state and also the Central Government’s inability to curb inflation and its decision to put a cap on subsidised cylinders.
He further said his party was examining the bypoll results and said in certain places, the BJP was not able to put forth these issues emphatically before the people. “Wherever our party failed to get the requisite votes, it was due to our own inability to take up these issues forcefully in the hills,” said Chuphal.
The BJP leadership also brought to light the alleged booth capturing that took place in Tyuni (Chakrata). Ratan Singh Chauhan, a member of a students' body of the party, alleged that several supporters of the BJP were prevented from casting vote by Cabinet minister Preetam Singh. The party has decided to take up the matter with the Election Commission.

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