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The long pending issue of declaring Gairsain as the permanent capital of Uttarakhand has gained tremendous momentum with people of the state, especially the various anti BJP and anti Congress socio political organisations of the seventeen year old state witnessing series of demonstrations, hunger strikes and dharnas all over the state.

The current capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun today witnessed a massive demonstration and a vociferous march with anti BJP government slogans from Gandhi Maidaan till Ghanta Ghar. The extremely furious pro Gairsain capital processionists holding playcardsand banners in their hands raising slogans deploring the government of the day and demanding declaration as the permanent capital of Uttarakhand converged at Ghanta ghar warning the BJP ruled state and central government for being prepared for the sevete and serious consequences in case they dose not declare Gairsain as the capital of Uttarakhand instead of Dehradun.

Extremely angered and annoyed all the processionists wanted Gairsain as capital at all costs who feel completely ditched by the both the Congress as well as the BJP governments who’d ruled this Himalayan state for the last seventeen and a half year but always betrayed the people despite promising the issue in their pre election menifestoes. The chief minister of the state was in Delhi a day ago to meet the central leaders and discuss this issue which has become the subject of tension for the current state government.

The demand for Gairsain which was being feebly raised earlier gained momentum recently from Rudraprayag and Gairsain the sparks of which later on engulfed the entire state. The young journalist Mohit Dimri and others has played a key role to gave it a special momentum and energy by holding protest meetings and demonstrations in Rudra prayag and the adjoining areas including mobilising the media, print, electronic and social networking sites.

Even the once defunct regional political party, the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal has became too active and is organising sit ins at district and block headquarters alongwith the general masses and the social organisations.

Today’s massive rally in Dehradun from Gandhi Maidaan to Ghanta ghar and burning of CM’s effigy has proved beyond doubt that the sparks of Gairsain issue has now assumed the shape of a widespread fire and the demand, if not met or fulfilled at the earliest mayresult in one more statewide massive movement against the present BJP government of Trivendra Singh Rawat. What do you say friends?
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

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By withdrawing support from PDP in Kashmir BJP wants to correct its past blunder and keep the annoying cadre happy

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The sudden withdrawal of support from the PDP government by the Bhartiya Janata Party has stunned the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti who did’nt had the inkling of doubt about such a disastrous fate of her and the party she represents till today.

Till yesterday, every thing was going normal as far as the guarantee of the safety of her political saddle was concerned.

A lady chief minister allegedly, always soft and sympathised towards the aggressive stone pelters on Indian Army Jawans and officers and even Pak sponsored terrorists having an imbalanced bent of mind, not honest as a secularist exhibited her doubtful credentials the day she chose the saffron party as her collaborator.

Similarly, always talking of abolishing article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir since ages, the saffron party which boasts itself as the party of the Hindus took no time to prove itself an opportunist when it pleasingly shook hands with Mehbooba showing no signs of any remorse till three years.

The PDP BJP government ruled the state for more than three years despite so much of criticism terming it as an opportunist and power hungry alliance by the entire opposition and the progressive media.

What did the alliance achieved during the last three years? The answer is unambiguously very ugly, traumatising, shocking and anguishing. More than five hundred casualties of Indian army troopers and officers including good number of civilians. Rape and murder of minors like Asifa and increase in consistent terror attacks. The incidents of stone pelting and killings by militants went unabated.

On the developmental front the alliance government had achieved literally nothing but only abductions and bloodsheds. If such was the deteriorating situation in the strife torn Kashmir what was the point for the BJP to have an alliance with PDF having been always soft towards stone pelters and the Pak sponsored terrorists including the separatists who are always at the mercy of the latter.

It was the BJP government of the centre who aceded to the Mehbooba’s request for ceasefire during Ramzan that lead to several deaths of our soldiers and paramilitary troopers including brutal killings of eminent journalist Shujaat Bukhari and young Armymen Aurangzeb.

Mehbooba still insisted on extending the ceasefire and was against the restoration of anti terrorist counter operation. The nation and its security comes first than anything else. The way, situation in Kashmir is going out of hand and Pak as well as the ISI sponsored terrorists killing civilians and army personels, the Indian government has no option but to retaliate and kill as much as militants they can.

But Mehbooba is still soft on them as are the separatist Hurriyats. The withdrawal of support seemed to be imminent and inevitable for the BJP.

The 2019 elections are round the corner and the union government led by prime minister Narendra Modi has come under questions after so much of casualties in J& K as well as on our borders at the behest of the Pak sponsorsed terrorists.

The saffron party which had committed a grave mistake three years ago by forging an alliance with PDP was confronting tremendous brick bats from the entire opposition as well from within the party for this most unholy alliance.

Had it not been withdrawn now it would have further suffered badly at the hands of the majority community on whose vote bank it primarily wins at the hustings, viz the Hindus.

Sources reveal that the pressure from RSS has been the main reason for the withdrawal of support from the PDP.

The maximum damage suffered by BJP due to this alliance has already been reflected in the recent losses the saffron party suffered at the hands of the majority community in various byelections where the vote of the majority community has deflected away from the BJP to a great extent compelling the party to come to the conclusion its shifting stand from Hindutva to appeasing the minorities on the lines of the progressive parties like Congress or so has cost the party quite adversely.

This withdrawal of support while on the one hand would keep the state under the governor’s rule till 2019’s national election to effectively counter terrorism and deal with Pakistan with a heavy hand, on the other hand it will also send across the message that the party has now resurrected itself from the past blunder of forging an alliance with Mufti Mehbooba n PDP which had degraded its image poitically on the national sceneraio, annoying its saffron cadre and rank and file.

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Kejrival adamant, says will lift the sit in only after LG issues directive for withdrawal of Civil servants’ strike

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After so much of political drama for the last nine days the two warring individuals, the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival as well as the LG Anil Baijal are still adamant on their respective stands of not arriving at the negotiating table despite so much of media hype and charges as well as counter accusations between the AAP leaders and the BJP which is ruling the centre and whose nominee, the LG, is the constitutional head of the NCT of Delhi.

Reports suggest that the Delhi CM Kejrival is not ready to budge an inch and is still adamant on continuing his sit in at the LG house despite the high court’s objections till the orders are (not) issued from the office of the latter (lG) directing the IAS officers to resume work and withdraw their strike.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejrival said that two of the AAP lawmakers who’d gone to LG’s residence to meet him were turned away forcibly by the police, after the latter refused to meet them.

In a tweet one of the ousted lawmakers Somnath Bharti wrote: We have requested the LG to give us time so that we can talk and discuss important issues with him but instead, he forcibly ousted us from his office at the behest of Delhi police.

Similarly, in another tweet an ebulient Arvind Kejrival while castigating the Modi government wrote:

3 years lost in the valley,
3 years that saw huge civilian & army casualties,
3 years later the valley is worse-off from where it stood then.
This is what happens when you put politics over people.
I will not allow Delhi to suffer because of dirty politics of Modi Govt.

In the meanwhile, as per the reports coming to the fore the Deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendra Jain have been released from the hospital and have resumed their respective responsibilities by attending their offices and clearing the pending files.

However, the AGMUT cadre IAS officer associaton had denied having received any written communication from the CM’s office regarding their safety and security as assured by Kejrival two days ago. They said they are still awaiting the Chief minister’s written assurance in this regard.

There are also indications that the LG had already directed the IAS officers to resume duty in order to bring to halt the current impasse. But no written orders seem to have been issued in this regard so far, say sources.

It may be recalled that the sit in by the Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival started on 11th june and today is the 9th day alongwith the three ministers.

However, the two ministers on hunger strike cum sit in at the LG’s office who were addmitted to LNJP hospital after their deteriorating health conditions have finally been releived on 19th morning.

The LG Anil Baijal seems to be in no mood to submit to the pressure tactics of Arvind Kejrival and his cohorts nor is the latter ready to surrender till Anil Baijal issues directives for the withdrawal of the IAS officers’ strike. Let’s see which way the situation takes a crucial turn and what comes out of it finally.

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Deputy CM Sisodia and Jain shifted to LNJP, their physical condition deteriorates.

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The health condition of the deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia and the health minister Satyendra Jain has deteriorated after their being on fast and incessant Dharna at the Lt governor’s office alongwith the Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival and state development minister Gopal Rai. Both of them have been admitted to LNJP hospital.

The Chief minister and the three Delhi ministers had been on Dharna which later on converted on hunger strike at the LG’ House’s reception for more than a week in protest against the IAS officers of NCT Delhi being on strike and not cooperating with the state government in the various developmental works by not attending the meetings convened by the ministers pertaining to the National Capital territory’s development and other significant issues.

They are also demanding that the LG should issue directives to the bureaucrats to withdraw the strike and also talk to them including clearence of the file of Delhi government’s recent proposal to deliever rations to the consumers’ doorsteps.

They are also accusing the LG of creating bottlenecks on their way in terms of delievering goods to the Delhi electorates and creating inordinate delays in implementing various projects by allegedly not signing the files sent to him.

The Lt governor who is not meeting the media , is adamant as well has however denied all the charges of AAP as frivolous and fabricated.

In the meanwhile while thousands of AAP workers and leaders including several MLAs had yesterday protested outside the prime minister’s residence demanding fulfilment of the above demands, the high court of Delhi has today reprimanded the Delhi CM and three ministers’ questioning their right to stage a Dharna without seeking any prior permission and asking them whether it was the unanimous decision of the state cabinet.

The court has asked how can they stage a Dharna in LG’s house without seeking the official permission and the LG’s consent.

This is a unique example of the confrontationist central state relations in the context of Delhi, where the chief minister and half of his cabinet goes on Dharna at the Lt governors’ office tesulting in the state machinery going paralysed for several days.

On 17th June the IAS officers of AGMUT cadre addressed a press conference at the Press Club of India and denied that they are on strike claiming publicly that they are working on all days clearing files as usual and doing their job sincerely.

Therefore, the statement of Delhi CM is wrong and unbelievable. They even claimed that the officers have been working on off days as well.

Meanwhile while appealing to the civil servants of Delhi Kejrival tried to be diplomatic saying that they are just like our family and assured them of all possible safety and security if they resume their duties and coperate with the ministers in carrying out various developmental works.

Political analysts say that the state elections are to be held in the beginning of 2020 and AAP government in Delhi has again adopted the posture of confrontation with the union BJP led NDA government as it did few years ago after assuming power in Delhi.

In the absense of various developmental works the AAP government wants to give an impression that the BJP government and its nominee LG Anil Baijal is pre strategically creating hurdles on their way and not allowing their government to carry out various developmental works.

It strategically wants to put the onus of the lack of development on the centre ruled by the BJP so as to send a message across that while AAP government wants to carry out the various progressive initiatives for the welfare and well being of the Delhi electorates, its primarily the BJP led union govt that’s not allowing them to do so.

However, in the health, education, electricity, water and food and civil supplies sector the Arvind Kejrival government has done appreciably well and is being lauded by the people living in the lower echelons of the society that includes people of JJ clusters, unauthorised colonies, minority sections, youths and the traditional Congress vote bank.

Though in usual cases there is always an anti incumbency factor against the ruling governments in states as well as the centre but in AAP’S CASE it may not work fully as the Congress Party could not make much dent into the AAP’S vote bank which was primarily its own vote earlier.
The BJP’s vote bank however seems to be intact in Delhi say the political analysts.

While Arvind Kejrival and AAP has been able to successfully generate great momentum in their movement against the BJP led NDA government at the centre through the current move, incidents of demonstrations against its government and Jal Board in various localities of Delhi including situations of power cuts due to the hot summer have also contributed in bringing its reputation down in the middle and lower middle classes to some extent.

The support of four CM’s of the opposition ruled states viz. Mamta Banerjee of Bengal, Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala, Rao of Andhra Pradesh and Kumaraswamy of Karnataka including Shiv sena of Maharashtra has added a new dimension to the political image of AAP and its Supremo Arvind Kejrival in the context of his elevation in the national political scenerio.

However, the Congress President Rahul Gandhi took pot shots against both BJP and AAP and crticized PM Modi as well as Delhi CM Kejriwal forgetting that AAP is an important partner in the 2019 anti BJP coalition alongwith other parties. He tweeted:
Delhi CM, sitting in Dharna at LG office.
BJP sitting in Dharna at CM residence.
Delhi bureaucrats addressing press conferences.
PM turns a blind eye to the anarchy; rather nudges chaos & disorder.
People of Delhi are the victims, as this drama plays out. Sounds interesting.

There are also reports that highly annoyed Delhi LG who is the nominee of the BJP led centre and is strictly anti AAP may go for some very harsh decision against AAP and its government in the near future. But its still a guess till it really comes through ? What’s your take friends?

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