In the politics of Uttarakhand, two faces are most discussed at this time. Yashpal Arya has made a ‘ghar wapsi’ in the Congress, leaving the post of minister just before the elections. Much more stir has started in the Congress than it is not in the BJP, because many types of equations can be disturbed by them. On the other hand, Harak Singh Rawat, another minister of the Dhami government, is still in the BJP, but by declaring that he will not contest the elections, he has made the party leadership realize his rebellious attitude. telling about both Mahesh Pandey:
Yashpal stays angry
Yashpal Arya, who learned politics from the Youth Congress, is considered to be the biggest Dalit face in Uttarakhand. He has been MLA six times, has also been from UP twice. He was the President of the Uttarakhand unit of Congress from 2007 to 2014. Congress stalwart Narayan Dutt was also counted among Tiwari’s close friends. He had also been the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly during the Tiwari government. He has been a minister in both the Congress governments led by Vijay Bahuguna and Harish Rawat, but while being a minister, he has been protesting several times by sitting in the Kop Bhawan. On the discussion of his displeasure with the BJP, Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami himself went to his house to persuade him, but the Chief Minister also failed to stop Yashpal in the BJP. Arya is said to have returned home to the Congress with the dream of becoming the Chief Minister. Yashpal Arya was seen playing a role in saving the Harish Rawat government in 2016, when nine MLAs revolted and toppled the Harish Rawat government. In the year 2017, he joined the BJP in the Congress after his son Sanjeev Arya did not get a party ticket. He was made the Minister of Transport and Social Welfare after the formation of the majority government of BJP, later he also got the Ministry of Excise when the Dhami government was formed. The reasons that are being given for him to leave the BJP, include the statement of Congress leader Harish Rawat making the Dalit face the Chief Minister in Uttarakhand after Charanjit Singh Channi, the Dalit face of Congress in Punjab, was made the Chief Minister. The new enthusiasm within the Congress after showing aggressive attitude of Priyanka Gandhi in Lakhimpur Kheri is also believed to be the reason for this. Yashpal Arya is also known as Mini Punjab due to the majority of Sikhs in the Bajpur assembly seat of Udham Singh Nagar district from which he contests. Due to the farmers’ movement, it was not easy for him to register victory from this area while in BJP. The way BJP made three chief ministers in five years and the third chief minister was elected from the most junior people, his chances of becoming the chief minister in BJP were over.If you go, where should Harak Singh go?
Dr. Harak Singh Rawat, originally a resident of Pauri district, had stepped into politics from student politics in the 80s. Although he also became the spokesperson of Defense Science in Garhwal University in between, but the job did not suit him. He contested the assembly elections for the first time on a BJP ticket from Pauri in 1984, lost. In the year 1991, he again contested from Pauri on BJP ticket and won. He became the Minister of State for Tourism in the BJP’s Kalyan Singh government. He was the youngest minister in that cabinet. In the year 1993, once again Harak Singh Rawat contested and won from Pauri on BJP ticket. He left the BJP after not getting the ticket for the third time. During this period, there was a rift with the District Magistrate of Pauri, to get them removed, he extended a mail to the then Mayawati government and joined the BSP. At one time he was considered a confidante of BSP chief Mayawati. But after being in BSP for some time, he felt that politics would not be easy by staying in BSP, it might be difficult to win elections, so he joined Congress. On the formation of Uttarakhand, in the first assembly elections of the year 2002, he became an MLA from the Congress from Lansdowne seat. Won again from Lansdowne in 2007. In 2007, he got the status of Leader of the Opposition. Became a cabinet minister in the Congress government of 2012. On 18 March 2016, while being a minister in the Harish Rawat government, he along with eight other MLAs rebelled against the Congress government and joined the BJP. In 2017, he was made a minister in the BJP government. He says that he did not leave the Congress to become a cabinet minister. He intended to become the chief minister. He had refused to become a minister in the Dhami government. As soon as he was persuaded to take the oath of office of the minister, his displeasure could not go away. The trouble before him is that his entry in the Congress has been openly opposed by former Chief Minister Harish Rawat. Because of this, he is in trouble that if he should go, where should he go? Harak Singh Rawat has a lot of influence in Pauri district. His wife is the district panchayat president in Pauri.
Yashpal Arya (Left) and Dr. Harak Singh (Right)