The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Ganesh Godiyal has said that the Congress party has committed itself to get the Char Dham Yatra started. Godiyal along with other leaders of Uttarakhand Congress attended a Dharna outside the Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday. The protest was organised by the party to demand commencement of the Char Dham Yatra. Addressing the Dharna, Godiyal said that the Congress party has decided to do everything from organising protest meetings, hitting the roads and to going to the Jail to start the Yatra. Exhorting the Congress workers to overthrow the BJP government the PCC president said that anti people policies of the state government has made life tough for the people of the state. He said that the prices are soaring and the unemployment is at all time high so the BJP government has no right to continue in the power.
The vice president of Uttarakhand Congress and chairman of the manifesto committee of the party, Surya Kant Dhasmana said that the Char Dham Yatra which is often referred to as life line of Uttarakhand has failed to start this year due to careless approach and incompetency of the BJP government of the state. He said that it was the responsibility of the government to make arrangements of screening, testing, vaccination, setting up temporary hospitals, medicines and doctors for the Yatra when the intensity of the second wave of pandemic of Covid-19 decreased. Dhasmana said that by making these arrangements the state government would have satisfied the High Court (HC). He claimed that the government deliberately didn’t made any arrangements which forced the HC to intervene and suspend the Yatra. Launching an attack on the government, the Congress leader said that the state government has failed to provide the details of arrangements made by it till date due to which the five lakh families which are dependent on Yatra are facing extreme economic hardships. The Congress leaders on the occasion said that only two months are left for this year’s Yatra and if it is not started soon then those associated with Yatra would be ruined. Former ministers Hira Singh Bisht, Matbar Singh Kandari, Mantri Prasad Naithani, former MLAs Vikram Singh Negi, Rajkumar, Congress leaders N S Bindra, Satpal Brahmchari, Rajiv Jain and others also addressed the Dharna.