After losing the by-elections held recently for three Assembly seats in the state, the BJP suffered another setback as it lost the elections for the chairman of Zila Parishad against the ruling Congress party.
The Congress-supported candidates won the elections for the post in nine districts, while the BJP-supported ones could only register victory in two districts — Chamoli and Tehri. The Panchayat polls were held in 12 of the 13 districts in Uttarakhand, as it could not be held in Hardwar.
Congress-supported candidates who won the election included agriculture minister Harak Singh’s wife, Dipti Rawat in Pauri district and Home Minister Pritam Singh’s brother, Chaman Singh in Dehradun district, who defeated senior BJP leader Munna Singh’s wife, Madhu Chauhan.
Meanwhile, two BJP rebel candidates — Yashoda Rana and Sumitra Prasad, who got Congress’ support, won the elections for Zila Panchayat’s chairman in Uttarkashi and Nainital districts, respectively.
On being contacted, BJP’s state president Tirath Singh Rawat blamed the Congress for misusing government machinery. After winning all the five seats in the recent LS polls, the BJP had failed to retain its two Assembly seats—Doiwala and Someshwar —in the bypolls. Doiwala seat was vacated by former CM Ramesh Pokhriyal.