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In ticket to Tehri: BJP's woman MP vs Bahuguna

IANS  |  Dehradun 

With both the and stressing on "winnability" of candidates in the battle, Rani Mala Rajyalakshmi Shah, the saffron party's first woman from Uttarakhand, is facing stiff resistance from her party leaders.

Shah won the Tehri parliamentary constituency with nearly 200,000 votes in 2014.

However, former and Mussoorie MLA Ganesh Joshi are frantically lobbying for a ticket from the seat alleging that Shah had not been active in her constituency in the last five years, sources said.

Shah recently met the party's top leadership to stake claim to the Tehri seat and register her protest against leaders who have launched an allegedly sinister campaign against her on various channels, including the media.

Shah is the of late Maharaja Manvendra Shah, the last of Tehri between 1946 and 1948, when the estate acceded to He was also an eight-times from Tehri.

After his death in 2007, the Maharaja's son contested and lost the by-election to Bahuguna, who was then in the

Having won the seat twice in 2007 and 2009, Bahuguna says he has already proved his "winnability".

However, Bahuguna joined the in 2016 after revolting against the along with nine other party MLAs in his failed attempt to bring down the

BJP sources said the names of both Shah and Bahuguna are doing the rounds as top contenders for the Tehri seat, putting the state party leadership in a fix.

State BJP indicated that in all probability, Shah would get the ticket this time.

The state leadership is sending names of five probables from Tehri to the to take a final call on the ticket.

Shah's name figures in this list along with Bahuguna and Joshi, the sources said.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 17:54 IST