January 17, 2022

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U’khand Congress chief removed from all posts for ‘anti-party activities’

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U’khand Congress chief removed from all posts for ‘anti-party activities’
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U’khand Congress chief removed from all posts for ‘anti-party activities’
U’khand Congress chief removed from all posts for ‘anti-party activities’

DEHRADUN: In a major political development in poll-bound Uttarakhand, the Congress on Wednesday removed its state chief Kishore Upadhyay from all positions.
The action comes in the wake of his “hobnobbing” with the BJP and other political parties to undermine the fight against the ruling party.
The letter written by Congress state in-charge, Devender Yadav, on January 12 and addressed to Upadhyay mentions “People of Uttarakhand are yearning for change and are waiting to throw out the corrupt BJP government. There is a widespread anger with the maladministration, misgovernance and all round corruption aided and abetted by the BJP leadership. It is the solemn duty of each one of us to rise to the challenge and serve the Devbhumi of Uttarakhand as also its people. Sadly, you have been hobnobbing with BJP and other Political Parties with a view to undermine this fight and weaken the cause of the people.”
It further states, “Despite multiple warnings given to you personally, your conduct of indulging in anti -arty activities continues unabated. You are therefore removed from all party positions, pending further action in the matter.”
Despite the efforts, Upadhyay could not be contacted for his views on the matter.
When contacted, former CM Harish Rawat said, “It is a very harsh stand. I am not aware of the development and what led to taking such a tough call. I can comment only after getting the details of the matter.”
A minister in the first elected government of Uttarakhand, Upadhyay was earlier regarded close to Rawat and a member of his camp. It was the closeness with Rawat which saw the elevation of Upadhyay to the rank of state Congress chief in 2014. However, soon after that the bickering between the two came to the fore. While Upadhyay raised the issue of “one family, one ticket formula” in 2017, he was denied ticket from his traditional Tehri seat and was made Congress nominee from Sahaspur constituency in Dehradun. Upadhyay lost from the constituency and the party was reduced to 11 seats in the 70-member assembly.
After the 2017 assembly poll debacle, Upadhyay was replaced by Pritam Singh as the new state Congress chief.

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