Congress’ Organisational Rejig in Uttarakhand Shows the Door to Senior Leaders, Many Upset

The resentment in the Uttarakhand Congress surfaced on Monday a day after the AICC (All India Congress Committee) rejigged the organization in the state after a defeat in the recent assembly elections.

The AICC picked former MLA Karan Mahara as the new state Congress president while MLA Yashpal Arya has been appointed as the Congress legislative party leader, whereas MLA Bhuwan Kapri has been appointed as Arya’s deputy.

In the fresh rejig, top Congress leaders, Arya – a Dalit, Mahara – a Thakur, and Kapri – a Brahmin hail from the Kumaon region. Former president Ganesh Godiyal could not find a place that was expecting accommodation.

Godiyal said that it was beyond imagination why another region (Garhwal) has been overlooked. This time congress has surprised many with an experiment of ensuring all three communities.

An upset Pritam Singh said, “I have been alleged for working against party interests in the recently concluded polls. let the party probe until then I’ll work only as an MLA and not accept any position.”

It is an open truth that during the elections, Congress leaders and cadres were divided into two groups, One was behind Singh, and the other with Harish Rawat.

Days later, a fact-finding team headed by Ashwani Pandey visited Uttarakhand to know the reasons behind the loss in polls.

On Monday, there were a series of resignations with the Congress workers from Garhwal showing solidarity with their leaders. Newly appointed president Karan Mahara said he will talk to disappointed cadres and pursue them to stay.