Decimated Congress ready to forgive rebels it expelled
Congress state president Pritam Singh is of the opinion that the organisation needs service of expelled party workers at a time when it is going through difficult times.dehradun Updated: May 15, 2017 20:29 IST
DEHRADUN: Congress state president Pritam Singh is willing to revoke the expulsion of party leaders who were expelled by his predecessor Kishore Upadhyay but they will have to wait for at least three months.
Sources close to Singh said although the new Pradesh Congress Committee president wants a majority of expelled Congress workers to return to the party, he will initiate the process after the organisational elections in August.
Singh is of the opinion that the organisation needs service of these expelled party workers at a time when it is going through difficult times. The BJP won 57 of the total 70 assembly seats, reducing the Congress to 11 seats in Uttarakhand.
However, Singh—as claimed by his aides—wants to initiate the process after he assumes office as elected PCC chief. He is likely to be pronounced formally as the elected party chief after July-August.
Around 100 party leaders and workers were expelled by Upadhyay for anti-party activities, mostly because for contesting elections as Independents against the party’s official candidates. Former state cabinet minister and four-time MLA Shurbir Singh Sajwan was among the expelled party workers. Sajwan contested elections against Congress candidates. Several Congress leaders were also expelled from Udham Singh Nagar district for working against Congress nominee Ranjit Rawat.
Talks of their return to the parent party began after Singh’s nomination in the wake of the difficult phase which the Congress is passing through.
Singh is likely to make major changes in the party’s working committee with new office bearers taking over the charge of the party. “Our primary focus is the membership drive and to ensure that the organisational elections are completed smoothly at every level starting from block Congress committees to state president. The revocation of expulsions will be considered after that. It will be done only on the AICC’s recommendation keeping in mind the extent of contribution these expelled leaders can make to strengthen the party,” the Congress state chief told Hindustan Times.