Kotdwar: It is on the basis of the image of
B C Khanduri that the BJP hopes to do well in the Uttarakhand
But in an irony of sorts, for the fight for the Kotdwar
seat from where Khanduri is contesting, he is relying on a
face other than his own.
Seen prominently with the BJP chief ministerial candidate
is BJP`s sitting MLA from this constituency Shailendra Singh
The senior leader`s dependence on Rawat could have partly
to do with his hectic campaigning for other party candidates
across the state, but also due to Congress` efforts to pin the
BJP big gun in his own constituency.
The recurring allegation that his Congress opponents here
level is that once elected, Khanduri would spend all his time
in the state capital Dehradun and there would be no one to
address the local issues, also seems to have played a part.
"The present MLA was popular as he had remained
accessible to us throughout his previous term. There are
apprehensions that it might not be as easy to contact
Khanduriji especially if he becomes the Chief Minister," said
Anuj, a shopkeeper in Kotdwar.
But not everyone shares these apprehensions.
"We had put these fears before Khanduri himself during
one of his public meetings but he assured us that he would
visit us regularly and in his absence, the present MLA Rawat
would be his representative in the constituency.
"It would be matter of pride and advantage if Khanduri
wins this seat and them becomes the CM," said Manmohan Singh
Negi, a retired central Government servant.