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‘Tilt to hills’ buzz in Uttarakhand BJP after Usha Negi made child panel chief

The appointment of Usha Negi as the chairperson of the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has set off a buzz within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) about handing over posts of ministerial status to people from the hills.

dehradun Updated: May 22, 2018 22:41 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
Many BJP leaders say mayoral posts in Uttarakhand urban civic body elections may be given to candidates from the hills.
Many BJP leaders say mayoral posts in Uttarakhand urban civic body elections may be given to candidates from the hills. (HT File Photo)

The appointment of Usha Negi as the chairperson of the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (USCPCR) has set off a buzz within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) about handing over posts of ministerial status to people from the hills.

“Usha Negi is believed to be close to the CM and she managed to bag one of the posts in the government. This gives a clear sign how paharis are promoted when it comes to distributing responsibilities of ministerial rank,” a senior BJP leader said, requesting anonymity.

Urban local body elections will be notified soon, and mayoral ticket hopefuls have started lobbying with the BJP high command and chief minister TS Rawat.

Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’, a pahari who is believed to be close to the CM, and three candidates from the business community -- Anil Goyal, Puneet Mittal, and Umesh Aggarwal – are in the race for the Dehradun mayoral ticket.

Many leaders claim that the party might play the pahari card and give the ticket to Gama. The other three candidates hold a sway over the votes of the traders’ community not only in the capital, but also in other districts.

“If that (promoting paharis) is the case, then the party may lose some important centres like Dehradun, Haldwani and Haridwar in local body elections,” a senior BJP leader said.

Many party leaders have waited for more than a year to get plum government posts. The post of the Uttarakhand State SC/ST Commission chairperson went vacant on Tuesday.

BJP national vice-president Shyam Jaju had said last that the posts would be allocated soon, but party leaders have doubts.

“It’s injustice to the leaders who have tirelessly worked for the success of the party. If the government continues to appoint people who rejected the party at one point of time, then it will upset the leaders who have dedicated their lives to the party,” another senior BJP leader said.

Gama said, “The party will take decisions in favour of all. What matters is the party and not an individual.”

Mittal said, “Each and every candidate in the race for tickets is a party member first. Aspirations remain, but the BJP will choose the best in the interest of all.”