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State in-charge gets feel of rifts among Uttarakhand Cong leaders in first meeting

The Uttarakhand PCC on Tuesday organised a meeting of its state party leaders and workers with the party’s state in-charge, Anugrah Narayan Singh, on his first visit to Dehradun after taking the charge

dehradun Updated: Jul 24, 2018 22:16 IST
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Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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Former CM Harish Rawat and other leaders welcome Congress state in-charge Anugrah Narayan Singh in Haldwani.(HT File)

The Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday organised a meeting of its state party leaders and workers with the party’s state in-charge, Anugrah Narayan Singh, on his first visit to Dehradun after taking the charge.

Expected to discuss the party’s strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and announce presidents of district and block level committees in the meeting, Singh faced the challenge of resolving differences among leaders of the state unit.

While addressing the gathering, many senior leaders of the state unit urged Singh and state chief Pritam Singh not to tolerate indiscipline in the party.

In the last few days, there have been reports of differences between many top leaders of the state unit. Recently, before being appointed as the general secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC), Harish Rawat and leader of opposition Indira Hriyadesh had attacked each other by making statements on public forums and before media.

While addressing the Tuesday’s meeting, AICC secretary Prakash Joshi, one of the senior leaders who spoke about the indiscipline in the state unit, urged the state in-charge and state chief to take action against the leaders accused of indiscipline. “I urge both of them to clearly define discipline and indiscipline in the party. They should also chalk out punishment for the accused of indiscipline for even the senior leaders of party and not just a small party worker,” said Joshi.

While expressing his displeasure, former speaker of the state assembly, Govind Singh Kunjwal said, “Newly appointed AICC general secretary and state in-charge of Assam, Harish Rawat was not properly welcomed at the state unit office on his return to Dehradun after taking charge. It was due to some senior leaders who didn’t want that.”

Commenting on the issue on the condition of anonymity, a senior party leader said, “Anugrah has an uphill task of resolving the differences between the leaders before doing anything else. The differences were in open when many leaders attacked their rivals in an indirect manner. The environment was tense during the meeting.”

State in-charge Singh said, “The focus of the summit is to unite the party and work together under the plans of AICC president Rahul Gandhi to oust BJP in 2019 elections. Proper steps would be taken to resolve the differences between leaders, if any.”

First Published: Jul 24, 2018 22:16 IST