Dehradun : According to reports, Uttarakhand Six-Time MLA and Dalit Leader Yashpal Arya and his son MLA Sanjeev Arya quitted BJP and have rejoined hands with Congress.
Yashpal Arya is the Transport Minister in the Pushkar Singh Dhami government. He was also a former president of the Uttarakhand Congress, Arya had quit the party and joined the BJP ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections as he was reportedly upset with the then chief minister Harish Rawat’s style of functioning.
Yashpal Arya was inducted into the party after he resigned as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “He has also tendered resignation from the post of Uttarakhand cabinet minister,” Congress leader Randeep Surjewala was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.
During inducing the Aryas in the Congress KC Venugopal said it was like a “home coming” for Yashpal Arya as he had been the PCC chief of Uttrakhand earlier. Yashpal Arya was the chief of the Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee (Uttarakhand PCC) from 2007 till 2014. KC Venugopal further said the leaders’ “joining [the Congress] is a clear indication of which way the wind is blowing in Uttrakhand.”
Earlier when Arya left Congress, the reason was that Congress had not given seat to Sanjeev and hence he joined BJP before 2017 Assembly Elections. Then Sanjeev fought the elections from BJP’s Nainital seat which he won.
Sources said Yashpal Arya was quite upset with the elevation of Dhami as the Chief Minister. The BJP had also tried to calm him down. In fact, Dhami himself went to Arya’s residence for a breakfast meeting on September 25 amid reports of his unhappiness.
Earlier on September 29, Kanhaiya Kumar, one of India’s prominent young politicians, joined the Congress from the Communist Party of India on Tuesday. His entry marked a new chapter in the Congress’s efforts to unite forces from different spectrums of politics to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2024 elections.