Former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, who left the Congress along with eight other rebel party legislators to join the BJP, is latest face to be included on posters and banners of the saffron party.
Bahuguna features on posters and hoardings along with former BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) chief ministers, including Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” along with Shyam Jaju, who is the party in-charge for Uttarakhand.
Vijay Bahuguna’s face is gracing posters and hoardings put by the party ahead of BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to Haldwani.
The move is to cash in on his legacy as the son of “parvat putra” late Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, who was a senior Congress leader and former chief minister of undivided Uttar Pradesh.
The senior Bahuguna was a stalwart in national politics during the reign of Indira Gandhi, and was once touted to be become the Prime Minister.
State BJP general secretary Gajraj Singh Bisht said the state unit is following the criteria set by the party’s central leadership.
“We carry the photos of the present state president and the former chief ministers on hoardings and posters and Vijay Bahuguna is a former CM of Uttarakhand,” he said.
He said Vijay Bahuguna’s vast political experience and the legacy of his late father was the criteria for him being featured alongside with former BJP chief ministers. “He will lead and guide the party in the 2017 assembly elections.”
BJP legislator from Kaladhungi Banshidhar Bhagat agrees, saying Vijay Bahuguna is a leader of stature and carries a legacy with him. “He is a former CM of the state and it is natural to give importance to him owing to his capabilities,” he said.