Dehradun, September 30
The Uttarakhand Janmanch has appealed to the voters of the Tehri parliamentary
constituency to boycott the bypoll.
Issuing an appeal at a convention held in
Dehradun today, Janmanch general secretary Rajan Todariya questioned the
relevance of the Tehri parliamentary bypoll asserting that while Uttarakashi
district that forms part of the constituency was facing the disaster, there was
no justification in conducting election in the region.
The Janmanch also decided to constitute a
committee to be headed by former MP and freedom fighter Paripoornanand Painuily
that would urge the voters to boycott the bypoll.
Todariya accused both BJP and Congress of
exploiting the people of the Tehri parliamentary constituency to serve their
He said while the Tehri dam oustees were still to
be rehabilitated, the victims of the recent Uttarkashi disaster were awaiting
relief. He said both Congress and BJP had put up candidates that had little
interest in development of the hill districts of Tehri and Uttarkashi. He said
the best way to teach lesson to both Congress and BJP was to boycott the poll.
Paripoornanand Painuily said both Congress and
BJP candidates for Tehri were misfit and had no attachment with the Tehri
region. He said the Janmanch would soon launch a campaign against these two
He also took regional party Uttarakhand Kranti
Dal (Panwar) to task, asserting that while on the one hand it was supporting
the Congress government in the state, on the other hand its president was
contesting the Tehri parliamentary bypoll.
Janmanch secretary Manmohan Lakhera said
political parties had become completely insensitive towards the plight of
Uttarkashi disaster victims and their family members