‘Time to fight unitedly against BJP’
Amid intense sabre- rattling in the state Congress unit involving the followers of the camps loyal to the leader of the opposition Indira Hridayesh and Pradesh Congress Committee chief Pritam Singh, on one hand, and the former chief minister Harish Rawat, on the other, the state co in charge of the party, Rajesh Dharmani said that the time has arrived to bury the factional hatchet and to raise a united voice against the anti-people policies of Centre and the state government.
Indira Hridayesh while speaking at the party programme organised at Rajiv Bhawan to commemorate the 134th foundation day of party on Friday had said that PCC president and she were ready to resign from their respective positions if those opposed to the guarantee that the party would bag all the five seats up for grabs in the state for the 2019 general elections. Without naming Harish Rawat, she said that despite giving pensions to everyone, the party had been cut to just 11 MLAs under his leadership. The statement of the veteran leader given on the occasion of the foundation day celebration of the party added fuel to the ongoing factional fire raging in the party.
Sounding concerned on continuing bickering within the party, Dharmani said while talking to The Pioneer on Saturday that if the leaders of the state have any issue they should raise them before the senior party leaders in private instead of airing them in public. “Or they should do it in the appropriate forums of the party,” he said.
He further said that factional bickering is wrong at this time when the people of the state are looking forward to the Congress to provide them leadership again. “We should wage a united fight against the anti- people policies of the Centre. This is what the time warrants us to do with the general polls inching nearer,’’ he said.
Taking a swipe at the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) for diverting the attention of people through raking up controversy sparked by the release of promo of Anupam Kher- starrer ‘ The Accidental Prime Minister’ in which former PM Manmohan Singh is portrayed as a victim of policies of the Congress during his two-time stint as PM in UPA- I and UPA- II, Dharmani said that BJP leaders are inclined to play such cheap tactics to take focus away from the real issues. He said that wife of Anupam Kher, who is playing the lead role in the movie, is a BJP member of the Parliament. “ The BJP has nothing to highlight as its achievement made over the five years. They are thus desperately raking up such non-issues,’’ he said. Read more posts…Sunday, 30 December 2018 | PNS | Dehradun–