Haridwar : 15 February, 2016

The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (Progressive) has demanded Gairsain town in Chamoli district be made the permanent capital of the state.

At a media briefing here today, UKD office-bearers stressed on the need to have a permanent capital in the hill area. Party media secretary Uday Ram Semwal said hill towns such as Shimla is the permanent capital of Himachal Pradesh and Shillong of Meghalaya prove that Gairsain could also be the state capital.
Uday Ram said during 80s and 90s , when the movement for a separate hill state was launched, local people and statehood agitators had a hill capital in mind.

He questioned the motive of the government about constructing two Assembly buildings at Gairsain and Raipur (Dehradun). Uday Ram also expressed doubts about the stance of the BJP, as at the time of creation of Uttarakhand the interim government was headed by late Nityanand Swami and later by Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
“Both BJP and Congress are not serious over Garisain being made the permanent capital. Even during the statehood agitation, both parties refrained from active participation in the movement. It was the UKD that gave momentum and nurtured the statehood movement though post the creation of Uttarakhand the BJP and the Congress had been in power. In the next Assembly elections, they would vote the UKD to power,” he added.
Central organisational secretary Anil Pokhriyal said Gairsain was equidistant from Kumaon and Garhwal divisions and hence was an ideal place to be the state capital. He added Rs 100 crore was being spent on the Raipur Assembly building, which was waste of money as Dehradun as interim capital has an Assembly building, a transit legislator hostel and the secretariat building.

“We will go to people in all 13 districts of the state and mobilise opinion for Gairsain as permanent capital. It is ideal that a hill state should have a hill capital and people of the state also want Gairsain as capital,” added Pokhriyal. The Tribune

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