Tribune News Service
Solan, April 1
Dyal Pyari, a BJP rebel and a three-term zila prishad member in Sirmaur, today joined the Congress in New Delhi in the presence of the AICC in-charge for Himachal Rajeev Shukla and senior leader Pawan Bansal.
Dyal Pyari, who was denied the ticket for the 2019 Pacchad Assembly byelection in Sirmaur, had contested as an Independent and secured 11,651 votes in a triangular contest. A former zila parishad chairperson, Pyari’s entry into the Congress was on expected lines and she would pose a tough challenge to the BJP.
She had differences with state BJP president Suresh Kashyap and had been marginalised in the party. She had proved her might in the recent zila parishad poll where her loyalist Neelam Devi won as an Independent from the Bag Pashog seat defeating the BJP candidate. Being the home turf of the state BJP president Suresh Kashyap, this was a major setback to the BJP.
Dyak Pyari’s entry into the Congress is also being seen as a projection for the 2022 Vidhan Sabha elections from the Pacchad Assembly seat.