BJP strategists discuss post-poll scenarios in Uttarakhand

BJP strategists discuss post-poll scenarios in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: Ahead of the assembly poll results, BJP leaders and strategists in Uttarakhand have begun internal confabulations over the possible post-poll scenarios that may emerge in the state.

Party strategist Kailash Vijayvargiya arrived here on Sunday and was huddled with former Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank at the latter's residence to discuss how the party was likely to fare in the polls.

He also held discussions with Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Pradesh BJP president Madan Kaushik. An important party meeting to be attended by party poll in-charge for Uttarakhand Pralhad Joshi is also being held on Monday.

The poll results will be declared on March 10.

Vijayvargiya is considered an expert in the politics of making and breaking and meanings are being read into the timing of his arrival just ahead of the poll results.

The stepped up confabulations are being seen as the party's efforts to evolve a formula to cobble up a majority in case it misses the magic figure.

If the elections throw up a hung assembly with neither of the major players (Congress and BJP) getting a clear majority, the role of independents in government formation and also those of triumphant candidates from parties like the BSP, SP and UKD will become important.

The arrival of Vijayvargiya, who is said to have played a key role in the rebellion against Harish Rawat by his MLAs in 2016, is being seen from this angle.

The gathering of party strategists like Vijayvargiya shows that contrary to its claims of winning more than 60 seats this time, the BJP is not quite optimistic about getting a comfortable majority, political observer JS Rawat said.

If the party misses the majority mark narrowly it may try to sew up a majority with the support of either winning independents or victorious candidates from different parties, he said.

Fuelling speculation to this effect, BJP MLA from Badrinath Mahendra Bhatt said several Congress candidates who had strong chances of winning are in touch with the saffron party and their support could be taken if necessary to achieve the larger goal of making the country Congress-free.

However, Bhatt expressed confidence that the BJP will get a comfortable majority on its own and won't need the help of others.

The Congress is also not leaving things to chance. The party's poll campaign head and former chief minister Harish Rawat is in Delhi to discuss the possible post-poll scenarios with central leaders.

Many of the party's central leaders who had been quite active in the the run-up to the assembly polls are also likely to arrive here in a day or two to see to it that its flock remains intact and there are no last minute defections or switching of loyalties.

Rooms in a hotel at Rajpur road have already been booked for Congress central leaders coming here to oversee the process of government formation in the state.

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