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In Dehradun today hundreds of thousands of people marched to the state secretariat with torchlights in their hands demanding Gairsain as the permanent capital of Uttarakhand.

Volunteers from all the 13 districts of Uttarakhand and several parts of the country especially Delhi also participated in this torch light procession. The uniqueness of the Gairsain related movement is that its spontaneous and self created, initially launched by a handfull of journalists and activists in Rudraprayag, this time, finally taking the shape of a wild fire with eminent anti corruption crusader Anna Hazaare too backing the demand forcefully and outrightly.

The women power, students, youths, intellectuals, scribes, social activists of all ideological shades are openly participating in this movement barring the BJP though its rank and file is also emotionally attached and associated with Gairsain demand as others.

The way this movement is picking up potentially with a renewed vigour and vitality it looks that the day is not far when the BJP’s central and state leadership will finally have to relent and declare Gairsain as Uttarakhand’s permanent capital despite all challenges and odds.

The way Uttarakhand separate state movement created credible momentum during the nineties, movement for Gaursain capital too is adopting the same character and dimensions with cross sections of the people in and outside Uttrakhand across party and ideological lines prepared to do or die.

Believe me, Gairsain movement today has assumed proportion of an extention of the Uttarakhand movement under which not only are the people expressing their anger and furiousness against the incumbent state government for their all the ills and exploitation of Uttarakhand and its people but also demanding Gairsain as its permanent capital as they think that Gairsain is the ultimate remedy to cure and purify all these ills and sins of our past rulers.

They are of the strong opinion that Gairsain is not only symbolic of decentralised socio economic and all round village level development of the 18 year old battered and exploiyed state running in 40000 crores fiscal deficit but will also ensure the outright emergence of a new economically self reliant Uttarakhand the actual concept for which this himalayan state was actually created after the pivotal sacrifices of 43 valuable and precious lives.


Trivendra Singh government is doing excellent in Uttarakhand and has shown positive results during the last six months assured the BJP’ s national chief Amit Shah while addressing a largely attended press conference on the concluding day of his two day vist today afternoon.
When questioned by a journalist as to how much number would he accord to the state Chief minister on his last six month’ s performance a smiling BJP chief said he’s is too weak in statistics but would assure all that Trivendra Singh Rawat and his government is performing excellently.
After praising the BJP led Narendra Modi government after the completion of three and a half year of rule Shah said that this is is for the first time in India that a party that came to power after dethroning the previous government accused of various scams to the tune of 12 lac crores could not be accused of a single blot of corruption.
He incessantly praised prime minister Modi for being outrightly succesful on many fronts such as granting employment to a whopping 7.5 crores youth in various sectors and through financial intrest freehigly subsidise loans, electrication
14 thousand villages out of total 19000, distribution of 2.5 crore highly subsidised or free gas cylinders to the poor, marginalised and economic deprived classes, opening of 28 crore Jan Dhan Bank accounts and bringing immense foreign investments in the country componded with increase in growth rate of the Indian economy.
Answering to the volley of question to the local journalists after highlighting his government’s national achievements uninterruptedly, Amit Shah said his government has increased 15 thousand crores in the 14th 5 year plan including 18000 crores additionally from other sources for Uttarakhand’ s development. Looking too confident he preferred to just give unsatisfactory answers to few unwanted queries.
On the question regarding giving up of farmers loans on the lines of Uttar Pradesh Mr. Amit Shah said that situation or policy regarding loan waiver to farmers differs from state to state giving clear indication that the Uttarakhand government has for now no plans for loan waivers of the UK farmers.
On the question of corruption charges and scams Amit Shah assured that no body will be spared however big or mighty he or she would be but charged the former govt of majority of the scams. The press conference lasted for half an hour with no questions posed to the chief minister who seemed to be in quiet a piquant situation thinking that no untoward question is posed to put his or his government’s position in quandary and he was lucky enough that all went well.


News are pouring in that while the BJP leaders, lawmakers and ministers in Uttarakhand are being asked about their respective performances during the last six months of BJP rule by party chief Amit Shah, particularly in view of rumours about the intracine squabbles in the state party unit and non cooperation of few ministers annoyed with the chief minister’ s functioning etc there’ s also lot of annoyance being expressed by the majority of journalists for not allowing them to cover the proceedings of Prabudh sammelan as well as other important deliberations of the BJP chief with the CM and the state lawmakers and posing questions to Amit Shah.
The journalists have complaint that while selective and pro party ideology protagonists were allowed to cover things, majority of the press was kept aloof and at the distance to restrain them from posing questions to the national BJP chief. The question is, never ever in a democracy the fourth important pillar of Indian constitution is disallowed the facility of posing questions to a leaders however big he or she in status is..This is against the norms of free speech and expression.
If the journalist would not report what would he write for the readers consumption in newspapers he works for. Moreover, why and for what were the state ruling party leaders frieghtened for not allowing the media to cover the proceedings and question its top leaders on political developments.
Were they afraid that the media will ask about the stoppage of a CBI inquiry into the NH 74 episode or were fearful that they may complain or pose questions on supplying of liquor at the peoples’ doorstep to bridge the fiscal deficit or were apprehensive that questions pertaining to the non performance of the state’s political and administrative CEO could be asked to Amit Shah and the CM and the party doesen’t want to put themselves in the state of quandary and disarray.
The issue of setting up of Lok Ayukta within 100 days of the governments’ formation was the main poll plank and pledge of BJP and am sure this may also be one of main reasons for avoiding media deliberately. Well its good that a party chief Amit Shah has come to revamp his party organisation and he has every right to do so but keeping curious journalists at bay, except the selective ones’ thus disallowing them to cover important political developments on the ocassion of the ruling party chief is something indigestible and uncalled for.
Uttarakhand and its people have accorded historic mandate to BJP in both the elections viz. national and assembly polls and the media of the state vernacular as well as national has played the pivotal role in exposing the scams, ill doings and the non performance of the previous Congress government as result of which the current political dispensation was able to ride saddle of power in the state. Why should therefore the fourth estate be devoid of their right to report and cover the political developments and pose questions to the top boss on various issues, on account of Amit Shah’ s political visit.