'Uttarakhandiyat' to be at centre of Congress poll campaign strategy: Harish Rawat
Shifting the venue of the assembly session from Gairsain to Dehradun is an insult of Uttarakhandis and Uttarakhandiyat, he said.Harish Rawat, who was wearing Uttarakhands typical Kandalighat cap, offered a similar cap to Godiyal, and said everyone taking part in the partys poll campaign will wear it. Assembly elections in Uttarakhand will be held early next year.
The Congress has embarked on a month-long campaign aimed at identifying the forces for and against 'Uttarakhandiyat', the former chief minister who heads the party's poll campaign committee in Uttarakhand said at a press conference here.
''Uttarakhandityat and its protection will be the core plank of our poll strategy in the state. It will be built around the three symbols of Uttarakhandiyat – mandua, ganna and shilp (millet, sugarcane and crafts),'' he said.
He said these three symbols were chosen as the party felt that the solution to the state's economic problems lies in their promotion.
Rawat and Pradesh Congress president Ganesh Godiyal presented a trident to Kedarnath MLA Manoj Rawat in recognition of his role in the party's fight against the Devasthanam Board which was scrapped by the state government.
He claimed that the BJP government had decided to repeal the Devasthanam Board Act as it was afraid of its imminent defeat.
''When the Congress began talking unequivocally about scrapping the board if elected to power and the BJP realised that we had taken up the issue in right earnest, it was left with no choice but to scrap the board,'' Rawat said.
Harish Rawat, who was wearing Uttarakhand's typical Kandalighat cap, offered a similar cap to Godiyal, and said everyone taking part in the party's poll campaign will wear it. Assembly elections in Uttarakhand will be held early next year.
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