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Congress eyes local body poll in U’khand to recover from ‘unprecedented’ defeat

The Congress’ Uttarakhand unit is preparing to do well in the state’s urban local body elections to be held in 2018 and the 2019 general election to recover from the crushing defeat it faced in the assembly poll

dehradun Updated: Aug 02, 2017 20:08 IST
Prithviraj Singh
The Congress faced a crushing defeat in the Uttarakhand assembly poll held early this year.
The Congress faced a crushing defeat in the Uttarakhand assembly poll held early this year. (HT File)

The Congress’ Uttarakhand unit is preparing to do well in the state’s urban local body elections to be held in 2018 and the 2019 general election to recover from the crushing defeat it faced in the assembly poll.

As a first step towards this goal, the Congress is trying to bring all warring factions together and strengthen the party’s organisation at grass root level, a leader said on Wednesday.

The Congress won 11 seats in the state election held early this year against the BJP’s 57 in the 70-member house.

“It’s not a denying fact that our assembly election defeat was unprecedented. The way the BJP government is functioning in the state, the Congress is bound to emerge victory in future electoral tests,” party state unit chief Pritam Singh told HT.

“My priority is to take all leaders in the party together and adhere due importance to the party workers at grass root level. Voters in Uttarakhand are bound to get disenchanted from the BJP government as it’s losing steam with every passing day.

“The Congress has a fair chance of settling the score in urban local body elections in 2018 if the Trivendra Singh Rawat government maintains its unfocused and haphazard functioning style,” PCC president Singh said.

Party leaders feel that with the Rawat government at the helms, the BJP will not be able to repeat its 2017 assembly election performance if the opposition party is able to weed out its own fallacies, particularly factional feud.

Singh said the state government and its ministers have failed to handle farmers suicide issue as they were yet to come out of their elation of election victory unmindful of governance where bureaucracy is calling the shots not political leadership.

PCC vice-president Shankarchand Ramola said: “Farmers suicide has rattled the state but the government has ignored it.”

“So far, the government hasn’t shown any interest towards working for the people while on the other hand people of Uttarakhand will have to be informed how they have killed welfare schemes and PDS system that has direct bearing on the pockets of common man,” he said.