State transport minister Yashpal Arya quit the BJP on Monday, along with his MLA son Sanjeev, in a jolt to the saffron party ahead of next year’s Uttarakhand assembly elections. From 2007 to 2014, Yashpal Arya was the president of the Uttarakhand Congress. In 2017, just before the Uttarakhand assembly elections, he defected to the BJP.
At the party headquarters in the national capital, Arya and his son, as well as their followers, joined the Congress in the presence of prominent party leaders Harish Rawat, KC Venugopal, and Randeep Surjewala.
They had met former Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his home earlier in the day on Monday.
“It’s a significant day for me because I’ve gone home to my family. It’s my ‘ghar wapsi,’ as I like to call it. There hasn’t been a better day in my life. After my return, I’m relieved “Soon after joining the Congress, Arya stated.
Arya represents the state’s Bajpur (SC) assembly constituency. Previously, he was a member of the Mukteshwar assembly constituency. He served as a minister in Harish Rawat’s Congress cabinet as a former speaker.
Arya stated that he will work selflessly to help the party grow.
“If the Congress grows stronger, democracy will grow even stronger,” he remarked.
With his 40-year political career, Arya said he began in the Congress and has served as Youth Congress president, Uttarakhand Congress president twice, and Speaker of the first Uttarakhand assembly.
Harinder Singh Laddi, a former deputy chairman of Uttarakhand’s Irrigation Advisory Committee, has also defected to the Congress.
Devendra Yadav, AICC in-charge of Uttarakhand, Ganesh Godiyal, PCC president, and CLP leader Pritam Singh were also there to greet the father-son duo’s return to the Congress.
Arya has served as a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly six times, including twice when Uttarakhand was a part of the state.
Sanjeev Arya, his son, is a member of the Nainital Assembly constituency in Uttarakhand. He has also resigned as a member of the Legislative Assembly. In the state, he works in the cooperatives sector.
The interests of Yashpal Arya may have risen to the fore.
Pushkar Singh Dhami, reacting to Uttarakhand Transport Minister Yashpal Arya’s resignation from the BJP, said the leader’s personal interests may have come to the fore.
“Where has anyone been able to stop the one who goes?” he said. “If you have gone, there is no one to stop you.”