Harish Rawat calls for united Congress to counter security threat
Former chief minister Harish Rawat has asked Congress leaders in Uttarakhand to stay united and connected with each other through social media to collectively counter any security threat to themdehradun Updated: Mar 25, 2017 19:52 IST
Former chief minister Harish Rawat has asked Congress leaders in Uttarakhand to stay united and connected with each other through social media to collectively counter any security threat to them.
His comment comes days after Mamta Rakesh, the party MLA from Bhagwanpur, received a death threat. He alleged that many Congress leaders had received “different types of threats” ever since the BJP won the assembly election.
The BJP returned to power in the hill state with a thumping majority. It has 57 members in the 70-member assembly.
“Congressmen are being targeted across the state. We need to put up a united front and stay connected through social media so that we can apprise each other about any incident in real time,” Rawat said.
He was speaking at an event at the party headquarters on Friday to felicitate 11 newly-elected Congress MLAs here.
Surendra Kumar, the spokesperson of the former CM, told HT: “Staying connected will not only boost morale of the entire (Congress) family, but will also help them face any threat or other adverse situation collectively.”
Manoj Rawat, a first-time MLA from Kedarnath, said “A network will soon be put into place for all leaders to be connected at a common platform through social media.”
“Besides updating each other about any threatening situation, we will also keep a close watch on violation of law and order by BJP leaders through the move,” he told HT.
Terming the allegation as “baseless”, the BJP on Saturday said it did not believe in “politics of retaliation”. “Such allegations by the Congress are not only untrue but also misleading to say the least,” said BJP state unit spokesperson Vinay Goyal.
A section of Congress leaders, however, took a dig at the former CM for talking about “unity” a bit too late.
“Had such efforts (for unity) been made on real or even virtual world by (Harish) Rawat ji before the elections, we’d have won these polls,” a senior party leader, who did not wish to be named, told HT.
The party leader was referring to alleged “autocratic style of functioning” of Rawat which he claimed affected the party’s prospects in the elections.