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On formation of alliance with PDF, Upadhyay said, “Those


who have found out the word PDF need to rethink. I want to know where is the PDF now. There was a time when it had seven MLAs. One of them died…two joined Congress and so on”.

PDF was a conglomerate of three independents, three BSP and lone Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) candidates which had supported the state government.

On possible outcome of the election in the state, he said Congress will from the government in Uttarakhand with two-thirds majority.

“First reason is that since Harish Rawat became the chief minister in 2014, it is first time in 16 years that the feeling, which saw a huge struggle for the formation of the state, has been strengthened. People are talking about their struggle for formation of the state and discussing about its development, its people and resources”.

Upadhyay said people also want to change the notion that BJP and Congress form the government in the state alternate.

He also hit out at the BJP-led central government, accusing it of trying to dislodge the “elected government” last year and asked the voters to give a fitting reply for such a deed.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modiji should explain why they killed the Congress government on March 18. Why Uttarakhand devboomi was accused of defection. It was an elected government by the people. In a democracy, people have the power to give a befitting reply,” he said.

Accusing BJP government of making false promises before the polls, he said, “We are not those who come before election and say give me vote we will transfer money into your account, give pensions, reduce inflation, eliminate unemployment. And when in power, they work opposite and even control your money which is kept in the banks by imposing withdrawal limits.

“Some shopkeepers told me that 60 per cent of their business was impacted due to demonetisation. Now you have to decide whether you will believe in ‘jumla’ or Congress which has the history of service and development,” he said.

Upadhyay also chastised BJP for forgetting the Ram Temple issue, which he said, was their main plank at some point of time.

“If they could forget their movement against building Ram Temple and the money they collected for the purpose, BJP will take no time to betray anyone,” he said.

Listing out various agenda for the state, he said the main one is the women empowerment and reservation for them in government jobs.

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