CM Maj Gen (retd) B.C. Khanduri seems like the BJP’s only card in Uttarakhand. He spoke to Outlook about the party’s prospects. Excerpts:
You’re fighting ‘anti-incumbency’ despite becoming CM only six months ago! How tough is this election?
All elections are tough. Particularly in a small state like Uttarakhand, where the constituencies are very small and there are many aspirants. Then we have geographical problems, hills, plains, semi-plains. Also, as CM I didn’t get adequate time to prepare. But anyway, I have done whatever could be done.
You think you will be able to handle the anti-incumbency factor?
Anyone in government faces it. That’s why we changed a number of our sitting mlas and we tried to balance it with the good work that we have done, including the Lokayukta bill, the citizens charter, transfer policy and various other development work.
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