The Congress ship in Uttarakhand currently being rowed by Pritam Singh, Dinesh Aggarwal and Suryakant Dhasmana seems to be in rocky waters. The Congress ship is a large vessel, but one wonders if there are enough passengers on board. One can only infer that Congress workers are sitting on the docks, apparent that most do not trust their captain- evident from the lack of enthusiastic participation by Congress workers in elections, Rafale related protests, or any Congress led campaigns.
Why are Congress workers so unhappy with their own party? Here is what our team found out by talking to various Congress workers across the state:
UTTARAKHAND CONGRESS LEADERSHIP IS NOT SINCERE TO THE PARTY
UTTARAKHAND CONGRESS LEADERSHIP IS NOT INTERESTED IN BUILDING THE PARTY AT THE GROUND LEVEL
SINCERE LEADERS ARE BEING SIDELINED
SINCERE CONGRESS WORKERS ARE BEING IGNORED AND NOT BEING RECOGNISED BY THE PARTY
UTTARAKHAND CONGRESS HAS NO VISION
UTTARAKHAND PCC CHIEF IS BOSSY AND ARROGANT
PRITAM SINGH IS ONLY INTERESTED IN SECURING CM POST FOR 2022 AND SECURING SAHASPUR SEAT FOR HIS BROTHER CHAMAN SINGH IN 2022
Kirti Rawat of Ghansali 25 years old and is a young member of a family who has been with the Congress Party for more than 50 years now, says “ I am disillusioned with the Congress party leadership in Uttarakhand. This party used to belong to us, the workers. Today, it is only goondas, mafia agents, and the moneyed who can buy tickets from the Congress party.”
Another young person Sunil Chamoli of Rudraprayag says, “Congress party’s leaders are eating Congress party from the inside like rust.
ZANG LAG GAYEE HAIN. PEHLE IN NETAON KO HATAO AUR IMAANDAAR LOG LAO.”
Atif Khan of Sahaspur says, “Uttarakhand Congress party is like a cancer patient. One organ is damaged and that organ is controlling the party. It is time for Congress party to cut damaged organs or get treatment done for these parts. And if the Congress party’s local leadership is the cancer, then that leadership must be localized or removed or treated.”
Gopal Singh Rawat of Pithoragarh says, “l joined the Congress party because I believe in Congress’ ideology. But Congress leadership themselves have failed this ideology. In Uttarakhand, Congress leadership has no respect for workers like me who travel for the party, spend money from our own pockets and still we are not recognized and our recommendations are not considered. The leadership is only interested in people who can give personal donations to them. The leadership is corrupt and the Congress party is a corrupt organization. This way, the Congress party will loose sincere workers.”
Arunima Das, a Congress enthusiast who originally hails from Orissa says, “I am a Congress minded citizen. I want to vote for the Congress party. But I am very disheartened. I went to meet the PCC chief a few months ago with a representation seeking support for the agenda for women’s security, but was disappointed that the PCC chief himself did not consider this as a serious issue. I reiterated about growing crime in the city against women, but the PCC Mr. Pritam Singh said, this is not our concern right now, we are focused on tickets and elections.”
The Congress leadership in Uttarakhand may be struggling to capture the imagination of its own cadre, sympathizer and voters. The new PCC chief Mr. Pritam Singh has not demonstrated a vision for the Congress party yet and elections are round the corner. Uttarakhand has five prominent MP seats. Yet, one can hardly put a finger on candidates for each of these seats. It is believed that the Congress Chief Pritam Singh is busy ensuring that he is the only leader left in the grand old party in Uttarakhand. Little does he realize, that workers are not bought with money, they have to respect and love the party.