After remaining organisationally active in social works for more than two decades, the Shiv Sena in Uttarakhand has finally decided to enter the electoral arena in the Vidhan Sabha election 2017. The party has decided to field its candidates from about 25 Vidhan Sabha constituency segments with the final list of candidates slated to be announced in the next couple of days. The people of Uttarakhand are disenchanted with the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Pary, which formed successive governments in Uttarakhand without facilitating the desired level of development. With the two national parties having done little more than “loot the state with both hands”, the Shiv Sena is entering the election contest to clear the “political dirt” spread by the two national parties, said the Uttarakhand president of Shiv Sena, Gaurav Kumar.
The Shiv Sena state chief further said that the working of the party consists of 80 per cent social work and 20 per cent politics, striving to ensure justice to all segments of society. “The Shiv Sena, when required, is ready to go to any extent for society and nation and now we are ready to enter the political battlefield to clean out the political dirt (Congress and BJP). We will field candidates from between 20 to 25 Vidhan Sabha constituencies covering both the Garhwal and Kumaon regions,” he said. The Shiv Sena is also in contact with some ideologically sympathetic leaders of the BJP and Congress who are waiting for the candidate list of their parties to be finalised and depending on the situation then, some of them may join the Shiv Sena if denied ticket by their own parties, he said, while adding that the party will announce the list of its finalised candidates soon in the next couple of days.
Addressing the media here on Friday, Kumar opined that successive state governments formed by the BJP and Congress had done little towards achieving the development for which the state was created after much struggle by the public. He said, “Both the Congress and BJP have cheated the people of Uttarakhand. Poor condition of health services, education, unemployment and other factors caused the people to migrate from the mountainous region leaving many villages devoid of any resident.