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Tharali bypoll: Stakes high for BJP, Congress

Stakes appear very high for the ruling BJP and the Congress in Tharali bypoll scheduled to be held on May 27. Both the parties are confident of a thumping win from the assembly constituency in Chamoli district

dehradun Updated: May 20, 2018 21:53 IST
Arvind Moudgil
Arvind Moudgil
Hindustan Times, Tharali (Chamoli)
A meeting of Congress workers in Tharali, where bypoll was necessitated following death of MLA Magan Lal Shah.
A meeting of Congress workers in Tharali, where bypoll was necessitated following death of MLA Magan Lal Shah.(HT Photo)

Stakes appear very high for the ruling BJP and the Congress in Tharali bypoll scheduled to be held on May 27. Both the parties are confident of a thumping win from the assembly constituency in Chamoli district.

The bypoll to Tharali was necessitated following death of sitting MLA Magan Lal Shah in February.

The BJP has fielded his widow and district panchayat chairperson Munni Devi from the reserved (SC) seat whereas the Congress has fielded former MLA Jeet Ram, who had lost to Shah in the 2017 assembly election.

The Congress is keen to deliver the message that it has regained its credibility after almost a washout in the last assembly elections. While the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to woo voters.

In the constituency, the flash floods of 2013 in Pindar River had completely washed away 157 houses, severely damaged 93 and partially damaged more than 400 houses.

The swollen Pindar also badly damaged a motor bridge at Thrali, many small RCC bridges on various rivulets and washed out 5 main pedestrian bridges, rendering more than 4 dozen villages disconnected with the main road in this constituency.

People of different blocks of this constituency felt dejected with the slow speed of restoration work in their area while the restoration of Kedarnath valley was taken up on war footing.

There are many villages in the constituency where people are still crossing the river with the help of hydraulic trolleys or making a long detour to reach the main road.

During rallies in Thrali and Narainbagar, former chief minister Harish Rawat recounted the various pension schemes, recruitment of women in police force, upgrading of the schools and university in Thrali constituency and quipped that the noisy double engine is stranded at Dehradun, doing nothing save doling out false promises.

Talking to HT, Rawat said he received overwhelming response from the people of the area. “I’m sure of win for the Congress that would also set the tone for the coming urban local body elections and general elections in 2019,” he said.

The BJP held a conference at Narainbagar on Saturday where Shiv Prakash, party national joint general secretary (organisation), Sanjay Kumar, state general secretary, Ajay Bhatt, state unit president, addressed the party cadres. They asked them to go all out and ensure victory for Munni Devi.

Jeet Ram of Congress had won the Tharali in 2012. Five years later, BJP’s Shah defeated him by a margin of 4,858 votes.