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Rahul Gandhi sends emissary to meet fasting Uttarakhand MLA

Dehra Dun: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi is sending his emissary today (Saturday) to meet party MLA Kishore Upadhyay, whose fast entered 10th day on Thursday at Chamba area of Tehri.

Jitendra Bhanwar, an MP from Rajasthan, along with Uttarakhand PCC president Yashpal Arya would travel to Chamba where Mr. Upadhyay is sitting on an indefinite fast, State party spokesman Rajiv Maharshi said. Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Harish Rawat also met with Uttarakhand Chief Minister urging him to fulfil Mr. Upadhyay's demands. “The Minister during his meeting with Mr. Nishank urged him to accept the demands of Mr. Upadhyay,” said Surendra Agrawal, spokesman of the Minister. Mr. Nishank has also assured him that the government would try to accept some of his demands, he said. The Tehri MLA had resumed his indefinite fast on March 22 in the state Assembly. After being forcibly evicted from the House, he continued his fast outside Vidhan Sabha from where he was forcefully shifted to the hospital on March 25. However, fearing force—feeding by administration, he shifted his fasting venue to Chamba, a part of his Tehri constituency on March 29.

Earlier, Mr. Upadhyay had begun his fast on March 14 but on the assurance of the State Government in the presence of Speaker Harbans Kapoor and Leader of the Opposition and Congress MLA Harak Singh Rawat, he deferred it till March 21.

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