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The grandfather of the outstanding football prodigy 15 year old late Nitisha Negi, Uday Singh Negi and her mother Meenam have expressed serious reservations on the attitude of the Delhi government and the chief minister Arvind Kejrival for not giving justice to their daughter who’d died in Australia on 10th December, 2017 after having been drowned in the river alongwith 4 other girls who were fortunate enough to have come out of the death trap. Nitisha had gone to Australia to participate in the students Pacific games.

However, unlucky Nishita could not be saved and died of axysphiation. In an interview to Enadu extremely angry and furious Nitisha’s mother expressed her serious reservation on the attitude of the Delhi government saying that despite the lapse of two and a half months, the inquiry ordered by the deputy CM Manish Sisodia has not brought any results and nailed those responsible for the negligence. The utterly distressed mother is running from pillar to posts to seek justice for more than months but of no avail.

According to Meena the process is so tardy that she has not even received the post mortem report till date. She is furious as she has not been revealed the facts about her daughter’s sad demise and had been kept in dark. However, the social organisations and individuals of Indian origin in Australia have raised voice of dissent against Nitisha’s mysterious death. But the authorities here are complacent on the matter till date. She has complained that the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival had promised to visit her house and render maximum financial assistence but had send the Delhi’s deputy CM with merely 5 lakh rupees which is quite an insufficient amount as compared to the heavy financial compensation given by the Delhi government earlier.

It may be recalled that the Delhi Government had given one crore compensation in two cases of deaths of a Delhi Police personal and an ex Armymen who committed suicide at Jantar Mantar. Nitisha’s father who is completely dissatisfied with the meagre compensation of Rs five lakhs demanded Bravery Honour for his daughter who sacrificed her life to save four of her friends. He also demanded adequate financial compensation for his daughter who according to him was a prodigy footballer of international repute. Late Nitisha’s grand father served with the former chief minister of Uttarakhand n MP Retired Major General Bhuvan Chand Khanduri.
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

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The former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat having lost from both the legislative assembly seats of the state during the previous election and leading to the shameful defeat of the division ridden Congress party in Uttarakhand is a disturbed politician these days.

The reason being he is being pre strategically isolated and sidelined by his own party president of the state namely Pritam Singh, the former cabinet minister in all the state Congress governments including in Rawat’s cabinet. One time a close confidante of Harish Rawat, like the former state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay, who too is extremely anti Rawat, though leading an inactive political life these days, Pritam Singh is the son of late Gulab Singh Rawat a towering leader of the backwards and Rajputs in Jaunsaar Bhabher area and minister in the Uttar Pradesh government representing Uttarakhand. Pritam Singh is a five time MLA from Chhakrauta, Garhwal, Uttarakhand and is quite eloquent, youthful and carries a good image amongst his electorates and the organisation.

After the horrible defeat of the Congress Party in Uttarakhand the former CM Harish Rawat, a septuagenerian, who instead of leading a comfortable retired life has preferred to be more mobile and active politically by attending each and every socio political programme, function and event in UK, Delhi and even Mumbai and is easily available to accept the invitations. He perhaps intends to be the next time MP or is again eyeing on the chief ministership of Uttarakhand thinking that since the Himalayan state has always gone for change after every five year, in 2022 the party is again poised for a re come back. However, the new emerging youthful leadership like Pritam Singh, the present Congress state chief now see himself as the new force and the CM in the waiting after four years.

Hence, he want to keep his bete noire Harish Rawat away from the Uttarakhand politics, by all means. Sources reveal that the former CM Harish Rawat is never informed or invited in any party programme in any part of Uttarakhand. The group of Rawat has been completely sidelined and majority of them have either joined the Pritam Singh camp or joined BJP. The situation has gone awry to such an extent for Harish Rawat that he is now compelled to express his annoyance, reservation and complaint in social networking sites like facebook and Twitter, not even worried that such posts will invite the attention of media about the increasing inner party dissensions in Uttarakhand Congress involving the former CM and the current party president thus making mockery of the party in print and electronic press.

Actually, the crux of the matter is that the Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee has recently organised a successful motor cycle rally against the increasing price rise and poverty in the state capital Dehradun and Harish Rawat was not invited, not even informed. The rally was a grand success and acknowledged tremendous success. In the past programmes too Harish Rawat wasn’t invited. He is therefore badly furious but has no option but to air his grievances through the social networking sites like FB and twitter. Just have a look at the FB post of Rawat. Harish Rawat has, while congratulated the rally with a heavy heart but has expressed his annoyance, in the form of a complaint that had he been informed by the state president Pritam Singh, he would have loved to participate in the motor cycle rally, but he wasn’t.

He further writes that it would be in the fitness of things if he is informed and invited about the future programmes of Congress party in Uttarakhand as we the Congressmen should be united in order to confront the future challenges. But political analysts say that when Harish Rawat was the chief minister he too sidelined and cut to size all his political detractors and those who were capable, intelligent and asset for the party. After all it was during his tenure only that heavy weight leaders like Satpal Maharaj, former CM Vijay Bahuguna, former State Congress Chief Yashpal Arya and several MLAs were compelled to leave Congress and join BJP who are now enjoying the fruits of power and are ministers in the state BJP government.
SUNIL NEGI

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The politics over the prime minister Narendra Modi’s Kedarnath visit is hotting up with Congress, particularly the former chief minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat, who himself lost two of the legislative seats he contested from during the last election at the hands of BJP’s nominee Rajesh Shukla etc is too active in face book and twitter countering every BJP move pertaining to Uttarakhand. After the prime minister Narendra Modi’s most successful visit to Kedarnath and his hard hitting anti Congress speech, Rawat was the first bete noire of Modi to have issued a statement contradicting him, saying that the four new projects of Kedarpuri’s renovation and resurrection were that of his, which had already been inaugurated during the Congress’s regime. About seven hours ago from now Harish Rawat has posted an interested article in his FB wall, the translated version of which is as following.
Prime minister Narendra Modi is the third prime minister to visit Kedarnath. The former prime ministers have only sought Lord Shiva’s blessings, whenever they visited Kedarnath, but played no politics. Modiji has now started a new tradition and now visiting temples would denote playing politics and from now onwards temples would be used as platforms to express their political views. The prime minister came for the second time this year, I pray his comes for the third time also, but what has he actually done for the glorfication of KEDARNATH is not yet clear? Amongst the five works that the new government is claiming to start, the work of the GHAT, is already in progress and so is the work of protection.

The work of construction of the crematoriam of Shakaracharya is not such a job that it requires any financial package. This job should be done by the state government through its own resources and we were already bound and committed to do it. We had already worked on this formula and had planned to get it inaugurated by all the four Shankaracharyas of four historic dhams of the country so that a message of passionate unity that was given by Aadi Shankaracharya hundreds of years ago could reach to various nook and corners of the country and I had already formally inaugurated this scheme during my tenure.

There was no work left for which inauguration was not done by him during his tenure. Regarding the construction of Museum, the fixed place had already been allocated and similarly the repair and innovation work of the footpath from Gaurikund to Kedarnath is already underway since his tenure. Had the new BJP government sanctioned plans for new concrete hi tech metalled roads then we would have definitely considered it as their genuine initiative.

The government should have allocated finances for the following says Harish Rawat (1) Allocation of funds for the ropeways from Kedarnath to downward locations like Gauri kund, Rambaada, Sitapuri etc. nearby destinations (2) should have given permission and enough funds to renovate/ repair/ resurrectionof the huge cave in at Mandakini riverside ( Flood Protection Work) (3) Allocation of massive funds to stop and correct/ repair, the destruction of the Bhairav Pahadi ( mountains) which is a permanent feature.(4) the area of CHOWDABADI which is the main point from where the uncontrollable deluge arrived causing so much of unacounted destruction, should have been repaired permanentally by sanctioning massive funds as this may re occur any moment in future.

The prime minister has not even allocated fund for the development of Garud Chatti where he claimed in his speech that he stayed for a protracted period. Harish Rawat said that the majority of the challenging and mandatory works at Kedarpuri has not been touched upon and the prime minister had just entertained innocent people of Uttarakhand and the country by his sweet rhetorics and literally doing nothing. Whatever may be the reality behind the temple develooment but one thing is for sure that politicians don’t even leave spiritual places bereft of politics. Sad?

SUNIL NEGI