The Uttarakhand unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday claimed that the results of the Tehri Lok Sabha bypoll reflected the general public's anger against the "anti-people" policies of the Congress-led governments at the Centre and in Uttarakhand.
Warning the Congress that it would be removed from power during the 2014 general elections, the chief of the Uttarakhand BJP unit, Bishan Singh Chufal, said: "The message of this bypoll is loud and clear. It is a mandate against the anti-people policies of the ruling coalition both at the Centre and in the state."
"The Congress should now be ready to lose all the five Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand in the next general elections," added Chufal.
Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, who defeated Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna's son and Congress candidate Saket Bahuguna by over 22,000 votes, was present with Chufal.
Shah, the daughter-in-law of the erstwhile Tehri royal family, thanked the people for her victory and promised to do all she could to meet their expectations.
Chufal said the bypoll result was also a reflection of the people's anger against the six-month-old Bahuguna government, which, according to him, has done nothing much on the development front.
In the 2009 general elections, all five parliamentary seats in Uttarakhand had gone to the Congress.
Chufal said the BJP is examining the factors responsible for the party not doing well in the rural constituencies, but added that one of the reasons could poor road infrastructure, which prevented accessibility.
He also criticised party turncoat Matbar Singh Kandari, saying the poll verdict had exposed tall claim of winning by at least 60,000 votes. (ANI)