Dehradun News

Hours after the BJP state unit, led by its chief Tirath Singh Rawat, went on a day-long protest against Congress government "neglecting" BJP legislators' constituencies, chief minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday dubbed the entire exercise as a political stunt. Rawat said the BJP state leadership had launched the stir against the government in order to hide the factionalism within the party. 

"Instead of accusing the state government of trying to neglect the BJP legislators' constituencies, the state unit of the party should first set their house in order," said Rawat. He also said that due to sever infighting, several BJP MLAs were even planning to quit the party. 

Tight security was seen outside the state secretariat during the day as 400 odd BJP leaders and workers began their protest. 

Dismissing the charge against his government for not reviewing development work done in BJP MLAs' constituencies so far, Rawat clarified he had personally flown to Yamkeshwar and Chobbatakhal constituencies represented by BJP legislators Vijay Barthwal and Tirath Singh Rawat in Pauri district over a week ago to review the actual status of development works done so far. 

Meanwhile, Ajay Bhatt, leader of opposition in the state assembly, said, "The Congress government has deliberately not cared to review development work in constituencies held by BJP legislators." 

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