Haldwani: Former state finance minister Indira Hridayesh Tuesday said that the “flood of votes in favour of BJP” in Uttarakhand has put a question mark on the “way our democracy is going”. Hridayesh, who was the senior most minister in the Harish Rawat cabinet, also expressed surprise at the way the electorate rejected the developmental works carried out by the Congress government.
“We got water supply to three-storey buildings where water hadn’t climbed up the pipes since decades. We brought thousands of crores of funds for the people. But do people care for development? Look at the way they voted against us. This flood of votes in favour of BJP has put a question mark on the way our democracy is going,” Hridayesh said.
Her name is presently in reckoning for the post of the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly.
Questioning the massive mandate in favour of BJP, she said that “either we are mad or they (voters) are mad”. She also brushed aside the talk of there being a wave in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and added that the electorate’s “voting pattern was beyond understanding”.
Hridayesh, who had won the 2012 elections from the same seat by margin of 23,500 votes, also questioned her own low margin of win this time. She won against BJP candidate and sitting Haldwani mayor Jogendra Pal Singh Rautela by a margin of 6,557 votes.
“Can anyone digest the fact that BJP’s Kaladhungi MLA Banshidhar Bhagat, who was facing the worst anti-incumbency, won by margin of 20,000 votes and that Congress rebel Umesh Sharma ‘Kau’ won the Raipur seat by a margin of 37,000 votes?” she asked.
Taking a cue from BSP supremo Mayawati, Hridayesh too blamed the electronic voting machines (EVMs) for Congress’ debacle in state assembly elections and said that Congress leader Navprabhat is finding the technical details with the help of IT experts.
Immediately after the results were declared on Saturday, Mayawati had questioned the “reliability” of EVMs and alleged that they were tampered with in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, where her party suffered a debacle.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too has expressed reservations about EVMs and wants voting by ballot papers in the upcoming civic body polls in the national capital.