BJP wins Tehri Lok Sabha by-election

Dehradun : In what is being seen as a setback to the Congress in general and Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna in particular, the party candidate Saket Bahguna lost to BJP’s Mala Rajlakshmi Shah by a margin of over 23,000 votes, in the Tehri Lok Sabha by-election, counting for which concluded just a while ago.

Incidentally, Saket is chief minister Vijay Bahuguna’s son.

The Tehri parliamentary segment is spread over three districts of Tehri, Uttarkashi and Dehra dun.

While the Congress candidate had an edge of about 3500 votes in Uttarkashi district and over 750 votes in Tehri district, he lost in Dehra Dun district by over 24,700 votes, which sealed his fate.

The Tehri parliamentary segment was earlier represented by Vijay Bahuguna, father of Saket Bahuguna.

However, on being made the chief minister of Uttarakhand, Vijay Bahuguna resigned from his Tehri Lok Sabha seat and contested from the Sitarganj assembly segment, a couple of months back, from where he won by a record margin.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

7 Comments

  • The victory must not be attributed to BJP entirely, but to the ill doing of congress, scams, Salman Khursheed, Vadra etc too, apart from the rising cost of living and suffering to the common man. Domestic gas cylinders, I do not think is the issue. What people look for , is a decent and dignified living, equality, a corruption free and just society.
    Nevertheless——I am happy for the MAHARANI SAHIBA AND A BIG CONGRATULATION TO HER. But of course, she will have an eye for development of poor areas especially eg–as we see outer roads etc are very good but not in the areas where poor people live. Condition remains pathetic.

  • It is clear message to government .. people really do concerns about corruption and rising cost of living. and people want development more then unnecessary comment… dearness and corruption was only two major factor..and real gift to Shree Atal Bihari Vajpyee .and now BJP need to play a positive role.. a heartiest congratulation to MAHARANI and little disappointment as BJP was behind in tehri or uttarkashi but in dhradun were people are more concerns for corruption gave clear victory..VBS

    • BJP should not be happy on this win , it is a short term effect of Gas Cylinder only because in remote areaa ladies made mind against this increase . Maharani was not a popular candidate and if some popular candidate fielded like Mr Khandur or any other win should be in lacs.
      For the first time it is noted traditional voters of conress mostly Muslims ladies has not casted their votes in anger of gas cylinder.

  • It is a hands down effortless victory for BJP which does not seem to be very much eager to win this seat it is evident from their choice of candidate after all both the parties are different sides of the same coin. Congress believe in Dyanastic rule, whereas BJP fields Raja Ji Maharaja Ji. Both parties are anti people and only looks after the interest of one percenter elitists. Only public pressure can force them and ensure that they follow the right track. But unfortunately public may take few more decades to wake up until then Political parties and Governments in states and centre can enjoy SCAMS of all sorts.

  • Congress’ victory in the last assbbly elections is short livedbecause it is CM’s son that is defeated in the election.

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