2019 poll entry: NSA’s son keeps cards close to chest

Asked if he is one of the claimants to the BJP ticket from Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand for next year’s elections, Shaurya Doval said he was only a karyakarta not a ticket claimant

dehradun Updated: Jun 18, 2018 21:51 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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Shaurya Doval claimed that he was assigned the responsibility to “study” Uttarakhand(HT File)

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya Doval kept the media guessing on whether or not he will jump into electoral politics in 2019.

Doval, director of India Foundation, a prominent think tank which has four Union ministers as its directors, had earlier indicated his entry into active politics from Uttarakhandn by participating as a member in state BJP’s working member committee meeting in December last year.

He has remained active for past several months in Pauri Garhwal, the Lok Sabha constituency represented by former chief minister BC Khanduri. The veteran leader has not been keeping well for the last few months and will turn 75 years old — putting him on the wrong side of an unstated age-restriction rule imposed in the BJP.

Asked if he is one of the claimants to the BJP ticket from Pauri Garhwal for next year’s elections, Doval said, “This is a wrong question asked to the wrong person. I come from an ideology where we do not have any such term as ‘claimant’. We are simply karyakartas (workers).”

Doval claimed that he was assigned the responsibility to “study” Uttarakhand. “We have responsibility allocators and responsibility executors. I am an executor,” he added.

“We have 9.50 lakh unemployed youth from Uttarakhand registered with the Employment Exchange. So, we need to build livelihood opportunities by training them and allow people to create jobs here,” Doval said.

The Doval family is a native of Pauri district.

First Published: Jun 18, 2018 21:50 IST