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Uttarakhand Transport Minister Yashpal Arya, His Son Quit BJP, Rejoin Congress

Yashpal Arya has served as the chief of Pradesh Congress Committee for a long time in Uttarakhand. He has been an MLA six times – two times from Uttar Pradesh and four times from Uttarakhand.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Yashpal Arya and his son Sanjiv Arya (Photo/ANI)

New Delhi: Uttarakhand Transport Minister Yashpal Arya and his son Sanjiv Arya on Monday resigned from Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and joined the Congress party in New Delhi. The former BJP leaders were inducted into the party in the presence of senior party leader Harish Rawat and All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary KC Venugopal.

This comes months ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in the state. Notably, both the leaders, Yashpal and Sanjiv had joined BJP ahead of the 2017 assembly polls in Uttarakhand after quitting Congress. “He (Yashpal) has just tendered resignation from the post of Uttarakhand Cabinet Minister,” General Secretary Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.

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“Yashpal Arya has served as the chief of Pradesh Congress Committee for a long time in Uttarakhand. He has been an MLA six times — two times from Uttar Pradesh and four times from Uttarakhand,” said Surjewala.

He further said that Yashpal has done positive and constructive work in North India. Addressing the press conference, Yashpal Arya said, “I am talking to you in this holy temple (Congress). Today is an important day for me. Today, under the leadership and blessings of our leader Rahul Ji, I have got the opportunity to visit the Congress temple.”

“Today I am coming back to my family and returning home. There can’t be a day better than this. In my political life of 40 years, I have continued to work as district president, speaker, and state president. I will serve Congress without any condition and will cooperate in the formation of the Congress government in the state,” he added.

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Expressing his happiness on the induction of the two leaders, AICC General Secretary Venugopal said that both the leaders have returned home. He further informed that Yashpal and Sanjiv met Rahul Gandhi this morning. 

Earlier in 2017, Yashpal had said that he was upset with the then chief minister Harish Rawat’s style of functioning and was feeling ignored in the party, following which, he along with his son quitted Congress and joined BJP. Meanwhile, assembly elections in Uttarakhand are scheduled to be held next year.

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