Kotdwara Garhwal (Uttarakhand): Supporters of
the sitting BJP MLA from Kotdwara Garhwal protested against the
party`s decision to allow Chief Minister B C Khanduri to fight
the forthcoming Assembly elections from the Kotdwara seat.
At a press conference attended by BJP`s District Woman
Unit president Asha Baniyal, BJP MLA Shailendra Singh Rawat`s
close confidante Sanjiv Kothari asked why he was denied a
ticket when he had done a "good job" in the constituency.
Khanduri could have chosen other seats, he said, claiming
that such decisions discourage honest party workers who are in
When contacted, Rawat said he cannot help if his
supporters protest and that he was disappointed for not being
given an opportunity to represent the constituency again but
would work for the party as an "obedient worker."
Sources said that Rawat was denied the ticket to the seat
because of his proximity to ex-Chief Minister Ramesh Nishank,
whom he had supported for the post two years ago.