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HT: Uttarakhand hopes to benefit from Mayawati win

Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
Dehradun, May 13, 2007

Every cloud has a silver lining. Although Mayawati’s unexpected win has sent shockwaves in the BJP, Uttarakhand is hopeful of getting its long-pending issues with the neighbouring state resolved soon.

Despite terming BSP’s return to power in Uttar Pradesh as a “cause for worry” for the BJP, Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri is optimistic about settling issues like division of assets soon.

“Recent victories in Punjab, Uttarakhand and the win in Delhi civic polls had made us feel that BJP had become more acceptable to voters and would perform well in Uttar Pradesh too. But that was not the case,” he said.

“Maywati’s win has come as a shock to the BJP. But since the BSP has been able to form government without any outside support, we are hopeful of addressing pending issues through talks soon,” added Khanduri. [more]