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UTTARANCHAL

N.D. Tiwari to lead party in polls again

Tuesday 7 November 2006, by CHANDRAMOHAN*C.K.

DEHRA DUN: It’s official now. The veteran Congress leader and Uttaranchal Chief Minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari will lead the party in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections due early next year.

Announcing this here on Monday, the Congress leader in charge of Uttaranchal, Motilal Vora, said that Mr. Tiwari had by his efforts to bring around rapid all-round development in the State over the past four-and-a-half years emerged as the best choice to lead the party to yet another victory in the hill State.

Recounting the large number of industries, higher educational institutions and enterprises the Tiwari Government had succeeded in attracting to the State, Mr. Vora said the progress made in fields like public works, transport, tourism, agriculture, health had created a definite niche for the Congress in the heart of the common Uttaranchali. "We are sure to display a much better performance in the polls early next year."

Asked about the unruly scenes at the Congress headquarters here, Mr. Vora said that inner party democracy allowed much space for dissent but no party worker could be allowed to exceed his limits. Mr. Vora’s announcement has upset loyalists of the Uttaranchal Pradesh Congress Committee president Harish Rawat.

"I will steer the party through the polls as directed by the high command. As to whether I will personally contest or who will be the next Chief Minister is for the masses and the party to decide," Mr. Tiwari told The Hindu on Monday.

Mr. Tiwari lately had been expressing a desire not to contest the polls next time. "Not contesting does not mean I will retire from politics. I will continue to serve the nation," he said.

See online : The Hindu

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