Congress rebels who joined Trivendra Rawat cabinet now feel ignored
In the 10 man Uttarakhand cabinet, four ministers are those who were earlier with the CongressUpdated: Oct 17, 2017 21:06 IST
Four ministers in the Trivendra Singh Rawat cabinet who were earlier with the Congress, say they are being ignored in the BJP government.
The four rebelled against the Congress in 2016 and joined the BJP to bring down former chief minister Harish Rawat.
The four who were once Congress heavyweights, say that their views and decisions are being sidelined by the CM and the state BJP leadership.
On the other hand these ministers are also bearing the brunt of bureaucratic indifference towards the orders issued by them as officials are either communicating directly with CM Rawat or other ministers who have no past Congress links.
One of the ministers and a rebel Congress leader, said neither the CM nor the state BJP leadership is comfortable with the idea of them being part of the Trivendera Singh Rawat cabinet.
The four ministers who crossed over from the Congress, are being ignored by the bureaucrats as files in the departments, including forest, agriculture and transport headed by them, are moved.
“It’s sad that despite giving our best to the government we are trusted,” a former Congress rebel and a minister in the Trivendera Singh Rawat cabinet, who did not wish to be named, said.
“The CM must put the bureaucracy in order otherwise its will reflect poorly on state government’s image and it is bound to halt developmental work,” he said.
“Nevertheless we have to work hard to get their support.”
State government spokesperson Madan Kaushik, however, was unavailable for comment.
“Indifferent behavior of the BJP and its leaders with some ministers will affect government’s work and spread a wrong message among people,” said another Congress rebel-turned cabinet minister, who too did not wish to be named.
“Bureaucrats are taking undue advantage and departmental secretaries and other officials are consistently ignoring ministers’ directives and orders due outside patronage from party and other senior leaders,” he said.
First Published: Oct 17, 2017 21:06 IST