BJP, Cong in neck-and-neck race in Uttarakhand

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 06, 2012 06:00 hrs

Dehradun: A neck-and-neck race is on in Uttarakhand where the ruling BJP is leading in 28 seats and the Congress in 26 in the 70-member Assembly.

BSP was leading in five seats while Uttarakhand Kranti Dal-Panwar (UKD-P) was leading in one seat while others were ahead in the rest of the five seats.

Chief Minister B C Khanduri was trailing from Kotdwar seat by 90 votes against S S Negi of Congress.

Congress leader Indira Haridayesh was leading with 4000 votes from Haldwani constituency against Renu Adhikari of BJP.

However, state BJP president Bishan Singh Chufal was leading by 688 votes from Didihaat constituency.

Senior Congress leader Harish Rawat said his party will get "comfortable majority" in Uttarakhand to form government on its own.

"As far as chief ministership is concerned, that will be decided by the party. But Congress will form the government in Uttarakhand that I am confident. We will form the government with the quiet good margin," Rawat, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, said.

The Congress leader expressed full faith in the wisdom of the people of the State and said that Congress will get comfortable majority.

To a question whether he will be made Chief Minister of the State in case Congress is voted to power, the Congress party leader said, "Harish Rawat is a humble soldier. Our focus is on the future. Congress traditionally does not project a leader where we are not in power".

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