New Delhi: The tensions seem to be escalating in the Uttarakhand Congress ahead of upcoming Assembly polls in the state as former chief minister Harish Rawat along with other top leaders has arrived in the national capital for a meeting with the party high command today.
Currently, Rawat is currently meeting with former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at his residence in Delhi.
This came a day after Rawat accused the party organisation of not cooperating with him. Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Pritam Singh, Uttarakhand Congress chief Ganesh Godiyal and party leader Yashpal Arya will accompany Rawat to Delhi.
In a veiled attack on the Congress leadership, Rawat had on Wednesday said that “Nominees of those on whose directions one has to swim (in the electoral battle) are tying my hands and feet”.
Taking to Twitter, the veteran Congress leader had expressed anguish at the factionalism in the state unit and noted that thought has been crossing his mind that “it is time to rest”.
“Isn’t it strange, one has to swim in the sea in the form of the forthcoming electoral battle, instead of cooperation, the organisational structure at most places is turning its face away or is playing a negative role (sic),” he had said in a tweet.
“There are many crocodiles of the ruling dispensation. On whose directions one has to swim, their nominees are tying my hands and feet,” the former CM had added.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Congress MLA Pritam Singh today said that the leaders have been called by the party leadership in the national capital. “Will follow the instructions accordingly. Won’t be commenting on Harish Rawat Ji’s tweets…There is no dispute in the party,” ANI quoted Singh as saying.
Uttarakhand Assembly polls 2022
The Legislative Assembly elections will be held in Uttarakhand in February 2022 to elect 70 members. However, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is yet to announce the schedule of the state polls.
The term of the current assembly elected in 2017 will expire on March 23, 2022.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party are the main contenders of the Assembly elections in the Himalayan state. Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also entered the poll fray.