December 6, 2022

Kishore Upadhyay: Expelled from party, former Uttarakhand Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay joins BJP | Dehradun News – Times of India

DEHRADUN: Expelled from the party for indulging in ‘anti-party activities‘, former Uttarakhand Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Upadhyay was expelled for six years from the primary membership of the party.
A letter to this effect, signed by the party’s state in-charge Devender Yadav, read, “Since you have been continuously indulging yourself in anti-party activities despite several warnings, you are hereby expelled from the primary membership of Congress party with immediate effect.”
On Thursday, Kishore Upadhyay joined BJP in Dehradun. The saffron party is likely to field him from the Tehri constituency, which he has won twice in the 2002 and 2007 assembly elections.
Earlier, on January 12, the party had removed Upadhyay from all posts for “hobnobbing with BJP and other political parties to undermine the fight against the ruling party.”
When asked about Upadhyay’s expulsion, Uttarakhand Congress general secretary (organisation) Mathura Dutt Joshi told TOI, “Upadhyay was a senior member and the party had given him several key posts. However, despite several warnings, Upadhyay continued hobnobbing with other political outfits. Therefore, action has been taken against him.”
A minister in the first elected government of Uttarakhand, Upadhyay was earlier seen as a close associate of Harish Rawat. Political observers say Rawat played a pivotal role in Upadhyay’s elevation as the state Congress chief in 2014. However, soon after, bickering between the two leaders came to the fore.
In 2017, Upadhyay was denied a ticket from his traditional Tehri seat after he raised the issue of “one family, one ticket formula”. He was made Congress nominee from the Sahaspur constituency in Dehradun instead. Upadhyay lost from the Sahaspur constituency and the Congress was reduced to just 11 seats in the 70-member state assembly. After the 2017 assembly poll debacle, Upadhyay was replaced by Pritam Singh as the new state Congress chief.
Prior to this, Upadhyay had lost from the Tehri constituency by a close margin in 2012. However, he still has a strong vote base in the constituency and Tehri district.

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