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Unease in Uttarakhand Congress over inclusion of some leaders in state committee

The Congress was, in fact, hoping to cash in on “heartburns” caused by the recent rejig in the ruling BJP.

dehradun Updated: Oct 20, 2017 19:31 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
State Congress committee members take part in a meeting in Dehradun. (HT File Photo)

After the BJP’s organisational restructuring left many within the saffron party grumbling, unrest has now reportedly started to rear its head in the Congress too owing to recent inductions in its state committee.

According to party insiders, uneasiness is brewing within sections of the Congress following accommodation of certain leaders in the list of the newly elected members of the state Congress committee.

“Questions are being raised about elections of some leaders who had inducted lesser number of members to the party than some others. Some leaders even expressed their displeasure regarding this in front of the state election in charge at a meeting held here last week,” a senior party leader, who was present during the meeting, told HT.

The Congress was, in fact, hoping to cash in on “heartburns” caused by the recent rejig in the ruling BJP. The saffron party has cut down its organisational districts from 23 to 14, leaving many evicted from key positions disgruntled.

Notably, the Congress state unit last year witnessed a major revolt in its ranks, which led to over a dozen of its senior leaders switching loyalty to the BJP in the run up to the assembly polls.

When contacted, Congress state unit president Pritam Singh said it was “natural for some leaders to be left behind” but added that they will soon be accommodated in other important positions.

“Only 225 members have been inducted into the state committee so far...we will accommodate (the others) in other capacities within the organization...some will also be co-opted in the state committee,” Singh told HT.

He, however, denied that there was any unrest in the party. “Those who have been elected, have worked hard to strengthen the party at the grassroots level. In fact, elections were conducted at block and district level without any hindrance,” he said.

First Published: Oct 20, 2017 19:31 IST