BJP minister in Uttarakhand joins Cong

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/12/2021 11:16:49 AM

NEW DELHI, Oct 11: In a major boost to the Congress ahead of the Assembly elections early next year in Uttarakhand, a state minister Yashpal Arya joined it, along with his MLA son Sanjeev Arya, quitting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday.

Arya, a Dalit leader, is a former Congressman. His sudden departure from the BJP is seen as a serious setback to the ruling party. A six-time MLA, Yashpal Arya was the Transport Minister in the Pushkar Singh Dhami government.

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.

The real reason, perhaps, was the Congress’s reluctance to field his son in the elections. The BJP then promptly fielded Sanjeev Arya from the Nainital seat and won it.

Yashpal was upset at the elevation of Dhami as the chief minister. The BJP tried to placate him as Dhami himself went to his residence for a breakfast on September 25.



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