Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said the electorate in Uttarakhand had decisively rejected the N.D. Tiwari Government, as it had institutionalised corruption, failed to provide effective administration and indulged in regional discrimination on the development agenda.

Mr. Prasad, party in-charge of the State, told newspersons here that the Congress had suffered from self-inflicted paralysis. It was trying to come back to power by projecting a leader who was not visible and who had made it clear that he had no interest in heading the State again.

"The price rise badly affected the people living in the hills and life had become very difficult for the people. The cost of living had gone up drastically, burning a hole in the pockets of the people, while no employment opportunities were generated leading to strong resentment especially among the youth," he said.

Mr. Prasad, who covered 60 out of a total 70 Assembly segments during the election campaign, said the MLAs would decide on their new leader. The sentiments of the people would be also kept in mind. He said he would be leaving for Dehra Dun along with the other party observers by Wednesday evening and expressed confidence that everything would go off smoothly on March 1.