Dehradun, January 6
Several prominent statehood agitators congregated at Shahid Sthal today and flayed the state government for Vidhan Sabha at two places in the state.

BJP leader Ravinder Jugran said, “The state government is building Vidhan Sabha at two places, one in Dehradun district and the other in Gairsain, whereas it is yet to declare the capital of the state. The Vidhan Sabha building is built in the capital city so the government must come clean on this issue.”
He said the way the state government was budging under pressure and building one Vidhan Sabha in plains and the other in a hill area was dividing the state between Garhwal, Kumaon and Terai.
“The decision to build a high court in Nainital to appease people of Kumaon while blatantly ignoring the fact that most of the registered advocates practise in Dehradun has proved disastrous for the tourist city,” he said.
He also emphasised that such appeasing attitude only reflected the weakness of the state government. He blamed the previous state government for failing to muster courage and give the state a capital city in the past 12 years.
He suggested that the state government should rather opt and utilise hundreds of bighas of land of IDPL, lying redundant at Rishikesh, to build newer infrastructure such as Vidhan Sabha, Secretariat, MLA house, residential colonies for the secretaries etc instead of constricting the Dehradun city, which is already under severe strain due to exponential increase in the number of buildings and vehicles.
Pradeep Kukreti, a leader, said the state government always rued the shortage of fund when it came to disbursement of pension to statehood agitators but now when it was planning to build Vidhan Sabha at two places, it did not think of funds. He said the state was not resourceful enough to bear the expenditure of two Vidhan Sabha premises. He said on the one hand the bureaucrats were talking of felling dozens of trees at Raipur to make way for Vidhan Sabha Bhawan and on the other hand, the development projects were stalled over cutting of three to four trees at various places in the city. He blamed the state government for creating all this chaos.

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