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We have widened base in Himachal: BJP

Staff Correspondent

SHIMLA: Preventing the countrywide Congress wave from entering Himachal Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party here has successfully widened its own mass base into 49 State Assembly segments now, according to the party’s State unit president Jairam Thakur. The party has won three of the four Lok Sabha seats in the elections from the State.

Strong organisation

Thanking the voters, Mr. Thakur said the credit for the BJP victory went to the strong party organisation.

He said the BJP in Himachal had effectively checked the Congress onslaught and even its five-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was barely able to save his seat this time round. Mr. Virbhadra Singh has won the Mandi seat by about 13,000 votes.

False claim

Mr. Thakur ridiculed Mr. Virbhadra Singh and his supporters who were claiming before the polling day that they were only fighting for a wide victory margin and it would be anywhere around two lakh. The BJP leader said his party had defeated the Congress in 45 constituencies during the last State Assembly Sabha elections but now the lead stood widened into 49 Assembly segments.

Endorsement

“This is an endorsement of the pro-people policies followed by the State Government led by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. We will continue the development of all regions of the hill State,” he said.

Resignation demanded

He also demanded resignation of PCC president Kaul Singh after the humiliating defeat of the party in the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress leader, who has now refused to resign, had earlier promised to quit in case of a party debacle.

“The Congress, which had submitted a chargesheet against the Dhumal Government in the run-up to the elections, stands exposed now,” said Mr. Thakur.

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