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Uttarakhand: Ajay Bhatt elected new state BJP chief

Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) member and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Ajay Bhatt was on Thursday elected unopposed as new chief of the party’s state unit as it prepares for the 2017 assembly elections.

dehradun Updated: Jan 01, 2016 13:47 IST
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BJP state ex-president Tirath Singh Rawat presents a bouquet to newly elected state chief Ajay Bhatt (in garland).
BJP state ex-president Tirath Singh Rawat presents a bouquet to newly elected state chief Ajay Bhatt (in garland).(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) member and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Ajay Bhatt was on Thursday elected unopposed as new chief of the party’s state unit as it prepares for the 2017 assembly elections.

Bhatt was elected unopposed as all three sets of nomination papers filed by the party leaders favoured him, said Jabalpur MP Rakesh Singh, who supervised the process.

An elated Bhatt said the BJP would expose the all-round failures and misdeeds of the Congress government that was steeped neck-deep in corruption. “We shall have our party’s flag flying in the 2017 assembly elections,” he said.

Rakesh Singh rubbished rumours about a power tussle among the three contenders for the post of the party’s state chief. “The entire electoral process was carried out peacefully and in a cordial atmosphere,” he said.

Party leadership ensured that not only the outgoing state party chief but the two other contenders for the top job, including state BJP vice president Dhan Singh Rawat and the party’s former national secretary Trivendra Singh Rawat also greeted Bhatt by presenting him bouquets.

Tirath Singh, who had been in the race for the post initially, praised Bhatt, describing him as a hard-working, sensitive and alert leader. “I first came in contact with him (Bhatt) in 1993…So, I personally know that the welfare of the people has always been on his mind,” he said.

He also denied that the party’s state unit was ridden by infighting. He said, “All party workers and leaders stand solidly behind our new president and will work together to win the 2017 assembly elections,” he said.

Bhatt too denied that the BJP’s state unit was dogged by infighting. “There is no such challenge (infighting) …We have got the support and blessing of everyone within the party, right from the top leaders to my juniors and our (party) workers,” he said.