U’khand parties wrestle over Covid care
As Uttarakhand emerges from a deadly corona wave, the Bharatiya Janata party and Congress attempt to tackle the situation in their own way, knowing all too well that the suffering of the masses will play a key role in deciding the outcome of this. next year’s Assembly polls.
The two national parties are trying to reach people and their cadres and help them.
The Aam Aadmi Party has also embarked on efforts to help those affected by Covid and gain a foothold in the state. But the BJP is well ahead in this exercise.
According to observers, the BJP with 57 deputies among the 70 members of the assembly remains in control of Uttarakhand due to its relatively better organizational structure and coordination between state and central governments.
The party has tried to offset anti-exit issues stemming from allegations of corruption and lack of governance, by removing Trivendra Singh Rawat as chief minister just days before the end of his four years in office.
His successor Tirath Singh Rawat was quick to overturn some of the controversial decisions of the previous government and accelerated the Covid-19 relief exercise.
The government and the BJP are now primarily focused on assisting and rescuing those affected by Covid and their families, especially in the rural mountainous areas of the state.
On the flip side, Congress continued to be plagued by factionalism even though Pradesh Congress Committee chairman Pritam Singh claimed the party would be united in the 2022 assembly elections.
While some congressional leaders are doing their part to help those affected by Covid, the congressional organization has yet to undertake scale-up relief work executed by the BJP.
The AAP hopes to achieve results in the Assembly elections with the recent induction of Colonel (ret’d) Ajay Kothiyal, the former director of the Nehru Mountaineering Institute also known for his role in the Kedarnath reconstruction project and social works.
Political observers stress that while these efforts will also have an effect on the Assembly elections, it is still too early to assess the parties’ electoral chances. Developments in the coming months will clarify the situation.