Dehradun: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) grabbed power in Uttarakhand in year 2007 by riding on the anti-Congress wave but now its popularity is ebbing as the party has failed to deliver on many fronts including education, drinking water and social welfare.

The 2007 poll manifesto of the BJP had promised all-round development of the state in various fields but in the last five years the state has made a little headway in the sectors which have prioritised by the government.

In order to make an image makeover in view of the assembly polls, the party replaced its Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank with Bhuvan Chand Khanduri.

The BJP in its 2007 manifesto had set education, roads, health, state debt, drinking water and unemployment among others as the priority but slow pace of work in these sectors has failed to achieve the target.

The government even failed to manage its fiscal deficit as various schemes were given a go-ahead in view of forthcoming elections. Though government has made some success in education, the dream of complete literacy still eludes the state.

The government had initiated probe into 55 alleged scams during the 2002 Congress government but nobody was prosecuted in these cases.

Around 18 scam related cases were transferred to Vigilance Department in the fifth year of the present government which raised questions on the intentions of the government.

In 2007, the BJP had highlighted the ‘unfulfilled’ promises of the Congress for getting vantage points in the previous elections, but it is confronting the same fate in the current political scenario.

JPN/Bureau