Dehra Dun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC
Khanduri on Sunday said he was in favour of the BJP contesting all
the 70 seats alone in the hill state where Assembly polls are
round the corner.
The Chief Minister said his main task was to bring the
BJP back to power in the coming elections for which he was
working "very hard".
"I personally feel that the BJP should contest all the 70
seats alone since it is big party," Khanduri, who became the
chief minister of the hill state for the second time on
September 11, said in an interview.
Khanduri`s statement will come as a setback for its
coalition partner, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal led by Revenue
Minister Diwakar Bhatt, which wants a political tie up with
the saffron party to contest the February polls.
"The recent change of guard in Uttarakhand is also a well
planned poll strategy of the BJP. My main focus is to bring
BJP back to power for which I am working very hard," he said.
He said his government has already taken a series of new
initiatives to fight corruption which include bringing a new
bill in the state assembly on the transfer policy, creation of
a new department for good governance and elimination of
In addition to this, Khanduri said his government would
also bring a new bill on the lines of Bihar where benami
property can be confiscated for a social cause.
On creation of four new districts, Khanduri said since
his predecessor Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had already made an
official announcement, he would make sure that these new
districts are formed as early as possible.
A lot of ground work like collecting data has to be done
before the new districts are created, he said.