DEHRADUN, Jan 3
Uttarakhand Congress is anxiously looking at the coming local bodies elections as the success in these election will boost the sagging morale of party’s rank and file.
Congress needs a moral booster particular after just ended 2017 humiliating assembly poll defeat. 2017 was an year that Uttarakhand Congress will like to forget as early as possible. Congress lost assembly polls to BJP and the defeat too was very humiliating as its sitting chief minister lost both the seats he contested and even state party president fared badly.
Uttarakhand Assembly elections 2017 outcome was totally a one sided affair with BJP registering a landslide win clinching a staggering 57 assembly seats in a 70 member house. Congress gave one of its worst performances since formation of state and bagged just 11 assembly seats. The biggest upset of the polls were the defeats of sitting Chief Minister and congress stalwart
Harish Rawat, who lost from both the Haridwar rural and Kitcha assembly constituencies he contested. While BJP’s Swami Yatishwaranand won from Haridwar rural, saffron party’s Rajesh Shukla won the Kitcha assembly seat. Further, then State Congress President Kishore Upadhyay also lost from Sahashpur assembly seat.
The outcome of assembly elections led to change in Congress and Pritam Singh, who won from Chakrata assembly seat was made the new president of the party. Pritam Singh and Indira Hridyesh were few of congress stalwarts that managed to withstand the pro BJP wave and won comfortably.
Now Pritam Singh has important task at hand to ensure win of party in local bodies elections. How far will he be able to do it only time can tell ?.