Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti on Friday said that the BJP would win all five Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand. She said the state Congress government’s failure on the development front will be the party’s main poll plank in the upcoming general election.
“We are going to win all the five Lok Sabha seats in the state as there is a clear wave in favour of the BJP. Such a wave was witnessed in the state in 1998, when the BJP swept the LS polls,” Bharti, who is the party’s state in-charge for the LS elections, said.
She said the Congress’ failure to deal with relief and rehabilitation amounted to “criminal negligence”.
Addressing a press conference here, she said the BJP would aggressively raise the issue of Congress government’s failure in dealing with reconstruction and rehabilitation issue post the flash floods that ravaged the state in June last year. “Our main poll-plank will, however, be the state government’s failure on the development front,” she clarified.
Bharti said that chief minister Harish Rawat shared equal blame for the state government’s failure to deal with the rehabilitation issues post the floods.
“He may have taken over recently, but he shares equal blame because as a former central minister, he was also a member of the cabinet sub-committee that had been constituted by the Centre to address the rehabilitation and reconstruction issues,” she claimed. “In fact, the Centre had a bigger role in addressing those issues than the state government,” the BJP leader said.
When asked if anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare’s announcement to support to West Bengal chief minister Mamta Bannerji would impact the party in the polls, Bharati said, “That’s not going to affect us because the people across the country have made up their mind to vote for the BJP.”
“If he (Hazare) agrees, I will take him to West Bengal villages bordering Bangladesh. There, he will see the plight of these villages. He will automatically withdraw his support to Bannerji,” Bharti said. To a reply on the party being on the defensive, the BJP leader said, “It is the Congress which is on the defensive.”
Bharti said she would not like to contest the Lok Sabha elections, neither in Uttarakhand nor in elsewhere because she “already has a responsibility as the BJP’s state in-charge for the general elections”. “However, if our party leadership wants me to contest the elections, I may reconsider the proposal,” Bharti added.