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U’khand govt working on principle of ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ on quota in local bodies: Hridayesh

Accusing the BJP government in state of deliberately delaying the polls to the urban local bodies, Leader of Opposition in the assembly Indira Hridayesh on Wednesday said that ruling party doesn’t believe in taking everybody along

dehradun Updated: May 30, 2018 21:58 IST
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Congress state president Pritam Singh with Indira Hridayesh at a press conference in Dehradun on Wednesday.(Vinay S Kumar/HT Photo)

Accusing the BJP government in state of deliberately delaying the polls to the urban local bodies, Leader of Opposition in the assembly Indira Hridayesh on Wednesday said that ruling party doesn’t believe in taking everybody along.

Hridayesh was speaking to mediapersons at state Congress office in the presence of other leaders including party president Pritam Singh.

“The state government is deliberately delaying the urban local body polls by undertaking the reservation process in all 41 municipalities. The matter reached High Court where the government was not able to answer queries on the reservation process, further delaying the polls. It can speak to the Congress and other Opposition parties and seek suggestions to resolve the issue, but they won’t because they want to work all alone on the principle of Ekla Chalo Re,” said Hridayesh.

Earlier on Monday, the Uttarakhand High Court quashed the April 28 notification regarding reservation in the municipal bodies in state and directed it to undertake a fresh reservation process in all civic bodies. It passed the order while hearing a plea in which the petitioner had alleged that two municipal bodies — Srinagar and Bajpur — had not been included in the list submitted before the court on May 27, due to which the roster system for the reservation in the municipal bodies had got disturbed.

Launching a scathing attack on the state government, Hridayesh also accused it of staying negligent on the issue of forest fire.

“Thousands of acre of forests have been turned into ashes but the government is sleeping with no plan whatsoever to fight it. The issue is so serious that the National Green Tribunal had to intervene and ask the state government on steps taken to douse the fire. The government won’t be able to reply because they have actually no plans to fight the forest fire,” she added.

Pritam Singh, meanwhile, claimed that the Congress is prepared for the civic polls.

“Till now, most of the party’s energy was invested in the Tharali bypolls. It was, however, also preparing for the urban local body elections. Party’s observers have already visited all 41 municipalities and informed the leaders about the scenario. So far no internal body has been formed to strategise for the polls but that would be done soon. Also, we have plenty of issues to corner the BJP,” said Singh adding that the party would organize a ‘Mashal Rally’ on June 5 against rising fuel prices in country.