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Hem Arya, who rebelled from BJP in assembly elections, joins Cong

Hem Arya, who contested the 2017 assembly election from Nainital as an independent after quitting the BJP, on Tuesday joined the Congress on Tuesday

dehradun Updated: Jun 19, 2018 22:10 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times, Haldwani
Uttarakhand News
Hem Arya (second from right) joins Congress party in Haldwani on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Hem Arya, who contested the 2017 assembly election from Nainital as an independent after quitting the BJP, on Tuesday joined the Congress on Tuesday. His wife Neema, a member of the Nainital zila panchayat also joined Congress at the party office in Haldwani.

State Congress president Pritam Singh welcomed Hem Arya and Neema into the party fold and said they would work at the grassroots for the betterment of people. “Congress is a democratic party and we believe in the betterment of all. Hem Arya would be encouraged to help people though the political system,” Pritam Singh said.

Hem Arya said that he was returning to his roots as his father too had been in the Congress. “I am a soldier of the Congress party and I will not stake claim to any seat and would obey the orders given by the party high command,” he said. He said he joined the Congress after being influenced by the party’s people-centric policies.

Hem Arya’s entry into the Congress is being seen as a move by the party to strengthen its base in Nainital as well as influencing some members of the zila panchayat.

However, Hem Arya’s entry has already created a sort of rift within the Congress ranks. Party leader Sarita Arya who had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 assembly elections from Nainital minced no words saying Hem Arya had been a part of the RSS.

Denied party ticket, Hem Arya had rebelled against the BJP and contested unsuccessfully from Nainital. Sanjeev Arya, who had joined the BJP after quitting the Congress ahead of the polls, won the seat defeating the nearest rival Sarita Arya who is also the president of Uttarakhand Mahila Congress.

First Published: Jun 19, 2018 22:10 IST