— Prakash Pant, former BJP minister Pithoragarh, October 14
“The Congress got defeated in the Tehri bypoll due to its hyperbolic sense of announcements without paying any heed to these. It took the common man of the state in light temper,” said Prakash Pant, a former BJP minister.

Commenting on the unexpected defeat of the Congress and the sudden surge of sympathy for the BJP in the state, Pant said it was the rejection of the eight-month tenure of the Bahuguna government in the state that ruled only on assurances. “Rising prices of essential goods and the recent hike in the LPG price are other reasons that infuriated the common man,” said Pant.
The BJP leader said during the reign of the BJP, the price of a cooking gas cylinder was Rs 182 but the Congress raised the cost of it to Rs 425 and restricted its limit to six cylinders in a year. “The government made 200 announcements in the past eight months but did not fulfill even the five per cent of it, including allowances for the unemployed youths of the state.

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