To meet governor on dual standards of state administration in dealing with ruling and opposition on Covid regulation violation
The opposition parties of Uttarakhand have decided to open a joint front against the state government on its handling of Covid-19 and adoption of dual standards in dealing with members of ruling party and opposition during the pandemic period. On the invitation of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Pritam Singh the leaders of Samajwadi Party (SP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) and CPI -ML attended a meeting held at Rajiv Bhawan on Wednesday. In the hour-long meeting PCC President Pritam Singh said that the Narendra Modi government is engaged in blatant politics during the pandemic of Covid-19. He said that different yardsticks are being used for dealing with the leaders of the ruling party and opposition in the cases of violation of regulations of Covid-19. PCC president said that cases have been registered against Congress party leaders and workers when they undertake some programme or observe protest but no action is taken on similar offences of the BJP leaders. The state general secretary of CPI-M, Rajendra Singh Negi said that the opposition parties should raise a combined voice of protest on the issue. Surendra Singh Sajwan accused the Trivendra Singh Rawat government for engaging in vendetta politics. The state secretary of CPI, Samar Bhandari said that the administration takes no heed on open flouting of social distancing norms in the programmes of BJP. Senior leader of Samajwadi Party, S N Sacchan said that the state government is determined to muffle the voice of opposition. Indresh Maikhuri also accused the state government for adopting a partisan attitude towards opposition leaders. The opposition leaders unanimously decided that the issue should be raised before the governor of Uttarakhand. After the governor gives the time for meeting, an all party delegation would meet her.
Coming together of opposition parties sign of their desperation- BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party has said that the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Left parties coming together on the subject of Covid-19 is a sign of the opposition’s deep desperation. The parties which contributed nothing in the fight against Covid are now alleging that they are being harassed.
Reacting to the meeting of opposition parties, the BJP state vice president and media in-charge Devendra Bhasin expressed surprise that the parties which contributed nothing in the fight against Covid are coming together to allege that cases are being booked wrongly against them. The Samajwadi Party and Left parties have been missing from the scene whereas the Congress has made no contribution even while trying to hamper the fight against Covid-19 in different ways. On the other hand, the state government and BJP organisation under the leadership of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and party state president Banshidhar Bhagat respectively have been putting in all possible efforts in the fight against the pandemic.
Bhasin said, “This partnership of the opposition parties is basically a sign of their frustration. Taking the name of Covid, they are preparing for the next Assembly elections. Despite opposing ideologies, these parties are now working to stand together. The public also understands this opportunistic exercise which has exposed the dire straits which the opposition in Uttarakhand is in.”
Thursday, 13 August 2020|PNS|Dehradun