DEHRADUN, Feb 4
For the first time after many months, it was show of unity for top congress leadership in Uttarakhand as Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat, State Congress President Pritam Singh, former state Congress President Kishore Upadhyay and several other congress leaders shared a common platform.
The event was to honour Minorities Commission Chairman Narendrajeet Singh Bindra, who tenure as commission’s chairman concludes on Tuesday. Coming together of former Chief Minister Harish Rawat and State Congress President Pritam Singh, particularly after the recent squabble between the two certainly holds a big political significance.
Harish Rawat through his twitter some days back had charged the state congress organization of not informing him about party programmes. This had also infuriated Pritam Singh, who questioned as to whether the tweet was even done by former chief minister. The war of words found much space in the media and was being taken as show of groupism.
But both Harish Rawat and Pritam Singh not only came together but also reaffirmed their pledge to fight communal forces in the country. They pledged to uphold constitutional values. The unity was further strengthened by the presence of former State Congress President Kishore Upadhyay, who too was feeling sidelined for quite some time.
Former Ministers Hira Singh Bisht and Dinesh Agarwal, Former MLAs Vijay Pal Sajwan, Rajkumar and Joth Singh Gunsola, BJP Mahanagar leaders Prithviraj Chavan and Lal Chand Sharma and Mussoorie Municipality Chairman Manmohan Mall were all their to show their solidarity with the party.
Today’s Congress show was also seen as a boost for the party in run up to the local bodies polls to be held in the state shortly. Congress in particularly is eyeing the prestigious Dehradun Mayor’s seat, which presently is with BJP.