Dehradun, October 7
The Shiv Sena in Uttarakhand today announced support for the BJP in the Tehri Parliamentary bypoll. Addressing a press conference in Dehradun, Uttarakhand Shiv Sena president Gaurav Kumar said the Shiv Sena would be supporting BJP candidate Mala Raj Lakshmi Shah in the Tehri bypoll. Kumar said both Congress governments at the Centre and the state were befooling the people and must be taught a lesson.

He said the Centre had crossed all limits of corruption starting from Commonwealth Games, 2G spectrum, coal scam and now Vadra scam. "While the people are suffering from the rising inflation, the Centre is busy in committing one scam after another", Gaurav Kumar said. He also held that the Shiv Sena and the BJP were natural allies and two would together work for the betterment of Uttarakhand.
Welcoming the Shiv Sena support, Uttarakhand BJP general secretary Suresh Joshi said he was hopeful that Shiv Sena workers would support and vote for BJP candidate in the Tehri parliamentary bypoll. He criticised the Congress at the Centre for introducing FDI in the retail sector. "By bringing in FDI in the retail sector, the Congress at the Centre wants to hurt small traders and even farmers", he asserted.
He accused Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna of doing little for the benefit of common man. "The Chief Minister seems worried only about his own son's future, who is now the candidate for the Tehri Parliamentary bypoll and is least committed to the development of the state", he pointed out.

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