Kotdwara (Uttarakhand): With parties busy
giving final touches to their campaign ahead of the crucial
January 30 Assembly polls, the Kotdwara constituency of
Uttarakhand has turned into a political hotspot owing to
frequent visits by VIP campaigners.
After already grabbing the limelight with the contention
of Chief Minister B C Khanduri, the constituency is seeing a
spree of allegations and counter-allegations in the high
voltage poll rallies addressed by some top campaigners from
different parties in the fray.
Senior BJP leader and party general secretary Ravi
Shankar Prasad, Union minister C P Joshi and Congress MP Vijay
Bahuguna were some of the star campaigners who addressed
gatherings in different parts of the constituency yesterday in
support of their candidates.
Prasad, who addressed a rally here in support of
Khanduri, slammed the Congress for allegedly blocking
development of the state.
Accusing it of opposing the Lokpal Bill introduced by the
state government, Prasad alleged that Congress-led Union
government scrapped the special industrial package given to
the state by the earlier NDA government.
C P Joshi, who was campaigning for Congress candidate S S
Negi in Bhabar, was quick to counter, accusing BJP of
misleading people in the name of corruption. Joshi said the
party itself had to change its chief minister following
charges of graft.
Another senior Congress leader and party MP from Tehri,
Vijay Bahuguna claimed the BJP has already lost the battle by
making it a Khanduri versus Congress affair.
Addressing a gathering here at Jhandicahur, son of former
UP chief minister Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna claimed that the
people of Kotdwar will make history by defeating Khanduri,
thereby giving a message that not the person, but development