Dehradun, October 14
The BJP said today that the verdict of the Tehri bypoll was an expression of the people’s anger against “anti-people” policies of the Congress-led governments at the Centre and in Uttarakhand.

“The message of this bypoll is loud and clear. It is a mandate against anti-people policies of the ruling coalition both at the Centre and in the state,” said president of the state unit of the BJP Bishan Singh Chuphal here today.
BJP candidate Mala Raj Lakshmi Shah, who defeated Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna’s son and Congress candidate Saket Bahuguna by over 22,000 votes, was also present with Chuphal.
The daughter-in-law of the erstwhile Tehri royal family, she thanked the people for her victory and promised to do all she could to meet their expectations.
When asked why the BJP despite emerging triumphant from the high-profile seat in Dehrdaun district lagged behind the Congress in the rural segments of the constituency, especially the ones falling in Tehri and Uttarkashi districts, Chuphal said though the reasons were still being looked into, one of them could be due to a lack of approach roads in those areas and the party could not carry its message to people.
Commenting on party turncoat Matbar Singh Kandari's claim that he will get the Congress 60,000 additional votes, Chuphal said the poll verdict must have left him in no doubt about the strength of his tall claim.
Switching loyalty shortly before the bypoll, former BJP heavyweight Kandari had joined the Congress.
His induction into the party had been interpreted in political circles as a shot in the arm for the Congress ahead of the bypoll.

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