BJP leaders heave sigh of relief with Kandari's exit 

Dehradun, September 22
There was high drama yesterday before former Cabinet Minister Matbar Singh Kandari’s formal entry into the Congress. Moments after Kandari was whisked away by Congress MLA and Chief Minister’s emissary Subodh Uniyal, who had come to pick him for the rally to take place at the Parade Ground, former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, too, followed, but by the time they had already left.
While Nishank managed to persuade BJP officer-bearers from Rudraprayag who, too, were ready to join the Congress, to take back their resignation letters, Kandari was already out of his grasp. Nishank has now gone to town proclaiming how he would have been able to prevent Kandari’s exodus had he come a little earlier.
On the other hand, senior BJP leaders are heaving a sigh of relief with the exit of Kandari as they would no longer have to pander to the demands of the former minister, who is keen to get his son elected as an MLA. “It is his son’s ambitions that have driven Kandari into the arms of the Congress. It would have been extremely tough for the BJP to grant ticket to both son and father at the same time,” said BS Chufal, Uttarakhand BJP chief.
Today senior BJP leader BS Koshiyari rejected charges made by Kandari that both Koshiyarl and Trivender Singh Rawat had converted the party into a private limited party. “It is most unfortunate that Kandari is hurling baseless accusations after joining a party that is on it’s way to promoting dynastic succession. How can he ignore the glaring lack of democracy in the Congress,” said Koshiyari.

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