The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal- Progressive leadership is blaming party leaders for the UKD-P head and candidate in the Tehri Parliamentary bypoll Trivendra Singh Panwar, losing the election in October this year. However, political analysts state that Panwar and his followers are ignoring the obvious reasons for his defeat and instead blaming the inactivity of party leaders in the election campaign.
Though only one of the candidates fielded by the party — Pritam Singh Panwar won the Assembly election earlier this year and is now the Urban Development and Animal Husbandry Minister, with the once undivided UKD being split into several factions, none of the factions has been able to win the confidence of the masses even though the undivided party had played a crucial role in facilitating the creation of Uttarakhand.
Recently, TS Panwar revealed that a discliplinary committee headed by the party’s working president AP Juyal would investigate the work done by party leaders and workers during the Tehri bypoll campaigning. He said that senior leader Kashi Singh Airy was made the head of the party’s election coordination committee for the Tehri bypoll but he did not perform the tasks expected from him which in turn led to party workers ignoring their campaigning duties. However, the BJP candidate Mala Rajyalakshmi won the election with more than two lakh votes while Panwar came fourth with 6939 votes even less than the Uttarakhand Raksha Morcha candidate Japendra Singh who polled 7466 votes.
Members of the UKD-P’s rival factions allege that TS Panwar and Pritam Singh Panwar are simply interested in remaining in power and have become disconnected from the real issues based on which the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal was created decades ago. They allege that TS Panwar often gives veiled threats of withdrawing support to the Congress led government in Uttarakhand but is not in a position to do so. Panwar on the other hand maintains that these factions are inconsequential and can do little more than making allegations.
Src: Daily Pioneer