No factionalism and infighting in Congress: Arya

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Dehra Dun, Oct 2 (UNI) Denying any internel bickerings in the party, newly-nominated chief of Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee Yashpal Arya today said his priorities would be to strengthen the party and raise voice against 'anti-public' policies of the Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri-led BJP government.

Mr Arya, who succeded Rajya Sabha member Harish Rawat, told UNI here that the unity of the party was intact. ''Being a large party, differences in the leaders are inevitable, but that does not mean there is no unity among them,'' he asserted.

He maintained that any difference would be sorted out and with due importance to every party worker, the party would be invigorated from the grassroots level.

Mr Arya also informed of his plan to soon form his working committee.

Former state sssembly speaker Mr Arya, making a dig on the Khanduri-led BJP government, said it had fallen flat on all fronts in its six months. He said, '' The law and order situation has deteriorated with the crime graph shooting up.Developmental works have stagnated.'' He rued that the BJP government dissolved several cooperatives and other committees in an undemocratic way for political gains and the Congress would vehemently oppose its ''anti-public'' decisions.

Also, Mr Arya pointed out that the industrialisation process in the state has suffered a setback due to the ''wrong'' policies of the present government.

Thanking newly-appointed AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for initiating country-wide implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, Mr Arya said the Congress always followed policy of overall development and communal harmony and would continue to fight for basic infrastructure and comprehensive development in the state.

Mr Arya paid floral tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 138th birth anniversary at Gandhi Park. Later, he also paid tribute to statehood martyrs at Sahid Sthal.

UNI

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