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Hectic lobbying for the ministerial berths in Uttarakhand
The state after Uttar Pradesh where BJP got decisive mandate was Uttarakhand. However, it is still in the process of deciding the chief minister and the cabinet for the hill state. Dehradun mayor and Dharampur legislator Vinod Chamoli is strongly lobbying for a cabinet berth but denies it openly. He says that his work and experience is enough to speak for him. 11 ministers along with the chief minister are likely to form the government. Eight-time MLA Harbans Kapoor is indeed a serious contender for the post of cabinet minister.. He is confident that his experience would come handy and central high command would definitely take that into consideration Ritu Khanduri, daughter of former chief minister BC Khanduri, and Saurabh Bahuguna, son of former CM Vijay Bahuguna, are also strong contenders for a ministerial berth. Vinod Kandari a new face in the BJP but is also a claimant. He is a former ABVP activist and close RSS. Rajesh Shukla who defeated Harish Rawat from Kichha and Yatishwaranand who defeated the CM from Haridwar rural are also pitching for the minsterial berth. Who actually gets the place in the cabinet is something only time can tell.2017-03-16 03:21:37 PM
Rajnath Singh says BJP has reached new heights in UP and Uttarakhand
Commenting on the BJP's stellar performance in Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the BJP has reached new heights in both UP as well as Uttarakhand. The Home Minister said that this is a big victory and the BJP has changed the country's political picture. As per latest reports, BJP is leading in 311 seats in Uttar Pradesh.2017-03-11 12:56:35 PM
Uttarakhand election results update; BJP wins 19 seats and is leading in 37 seats
It has been a one-sided election in Uttarakhand. The BJP is all set to form a majority on its own with 19 wins in its pocket and 37 leads. The Congress party has won 3 seats and is leading in 8. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat has lost the election.2017-03-11 01:37:34 PM
Uttarakhand election results update; BJP wins 30 seats and is leading in 26 seats
It has been a one-sided election in Uttarakhand. The BJP is all set to form a majority on its own with 30 wins in its pocket and 26 leads. The Congress party has won 6 seats and is leading in 6 seats. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat has lost the election.2017-03-11 02:20:54 PM
CVoter gives equal set to both the BJP and the Congress in Uttarakhand
The Exit poll by the CVoter in the Uttarakhand has predicted a neck and neck race between the congress and the BJP. The CVoter exit poll survey gives both the parties equal 32 seats in the house of 70. The CVoter results are not shared by the other exit polls who give BJP an edge and have predicted a win for the BJP. Interestingly The predictions are almost repeat of 2012 assembly elections, when the BJP got 31 seats and the Congress 32 seats and formed the government.2017-03-10 01:41:25 PM
Exit polls to be telecast on March 9
The TV channels would be able to telecast the exit polls for the Uttar Pradesh elections only after 5.30 PM on March 9, 2017. The decision has been taken by the Election Commission after the death of Samajwadi Party candidate from Alapur. Earlier the election to this constituency were to take place on February 27, 2017 but now they would be held on March 9. The votes would be counted on March 11.2017-03-07 11:12:05 AM
EC revises voting percentage of Uttarakhand to 65.64%
The election commission has revised the voting percentage for Uttarakhand. It now has given figures which are less than the earlier figure of 68 %. Its new figure says that it was just 65.64% in Uttarakhand. The voting took place on February 15. The state saw a direct fight between incumbent congress and the BJP. While the congress fought under the leadership of Harish Singh Rawat the incumbent chief minister, BJP did not declare its chief minister candidate2017-02-22 12:13:03 PM
Voting underway for 69 seats in Uttarakhand
Voting began in Uttarakhand for 69 seats in Uttarakhand. This is the fourth election since the state of Uttarakhand came into existence in 2000. There are around 75 lakh voters in the state who would be voting to elect a house of 69 members. A total of 10,685 polling stations have been set up for the smooth voting in the state.
In most of the seats it is a direct fight between the incumbent Congress and main opposition the BJP..Apart from these two main contestants BSP and independents are also trying their luck.The voting would end at 5 PM.2017-02-15 09:30:46 AM
Voting picking up in Uttarakhand, reaches 39% till 1 PM
As the day is progressing the voting is finally picking up in the hill state of Uttarakhand. It reached 39% till 1 P.M and is expected to rise even further as the day gets warmer. Haridwar witnessed 28% polling till 11 AM. The lowest voting percentage of 20% was reported from Pauri and Almora district. It was hovering around 7% in the first hour. It was little as 3% in Champawat in the first hour.Meanwhile, reportedly Chief Minister Harish Rawat will offer prayers before going to vote. He is contesting from two seats of Haridwar Rural in Haridwar district, and Kichha in Udham Singh Nagar district.2017-02-15 01:50:18 PM
BJP candidate attacked in Uttarakhand
It is bloody politics in Uttarakhand where the Congress and the BJP are locked in a do or die battle. This battle took an ugly turn when the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Mahendra Bhatt was attacked in the early hours of Monday. Bhatt is contesting election from Badrinath constituency on the BJP ticket. In 2002 he had contested election from Nandprayag in Chamoli and won the election. The elections in Uttarakhand would be held tomorrow on February 15 and the result would be out on March 11.2017-02-14 01:01:49 PM
PM asks people of Uttarakhand to root out corrupt regime of the congress.
As the Election Day is coming closer, the election activity in the state is also getting hectic.Prime Minister Narendra Modi while touring the state addressed rallies in Pithoragarh and Srinagar. The prime minister the star campaigner for the BJP attacked the congress government in the state and said that the state government was only interested in looting the state and indulging in corruption. He said that the development of the state was suffering due to lack of Congress government's will to develop the state. He asked people to give BJP chance to take the state to new heights. Prime minister also praised the brave soldiers of Uttarakhand and said opposition was indulging in low level politics by even questioning the army strikes in Pakistan.2017-02-13 12:11:30 PM
14 percent tainted candidates fighting elections in UttarakhandA report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed that more than 14 percent candidates fighting elections in Uttarakhand have criminal records pending. The highest number of candidates with criminal background comes from the BJP which has fielded 27 percent, such candidates.The congress is marginally behind the BJP and has fielded 24 tainted candidates in the assembly elections.The BJP also has the credit of fielding the richest candidate in the elections. The BJP’s candidate Satpal Maharaj has declared a total of Rs. 80 crore assets in his name.2017-02-08 12:55:13 PM
14 percent candidates in Uttarakhand have criminal records.
The Delhi based think tank, Association for Democratic Reforms' (ADR) has released some shocking revelations about the candidates fighting the Uttarakhand elections. According to ADR, At least 14 per cent of the candidates in the fray have criminal backgrounds. Of all the tickets the BJP has given tickets to 27 percent candidates with criminal backgrounds while the congress has given tickets to 24 percent such candidates. ADR analyzed the records of 637 candidates and found out that of them 91 had criminal records. The BJP has given to 19 such candidates while the congress has given ticket to 17 people with criminal background. Uttarakhand has 70-member house and it goes to polls on February 15.2017-02-07 12:45:48 PM
Prime Minister to address a series of election meetings in Uttarakhand
From February 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tour the state of Uttarakhand and address a series of election meeting there. He would address an election meeting on February 10 in Haridwar then another in Pithoragarh on February 11. Thereafter, two each in Srinagar and Rudrapur on February 12. This was informed by the Uttarakhand state BJP media in charge Devendra Bhasin.
Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Radha Mohan Singh were earlier campaigning in the state and set the campaign in motion. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is also expected to address the election rallies in the state ruled by the congress.2017-02-06 12:26:32 PM
BJP coming up with a vision document for UttarakhandThe Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to release its vision document for Uttarakhand which would be in keeping with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of the state on how the state should be developed so as to help the people of the state and also preserve its sensitive ecosystem.With barely fourteen days to go for polls, the top brass of the BJP including prime minister Modi, party president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance minister Arun Jaitley will be campaigning in the state. Union Minister V.K. Singh will also be touring the state. Amit Shah is likely to be addressing series of meetings between February 7 to February 9 in Pauri, Ghansali, and Ramnagar.2017-02-03 11:46:38 AM
The BJP and Congress to face rebel candidates in Uttarakhand, 51 others withdraw their nominationThe rebel candidates of the BJP and the Congress have refused to withdraw their nomination for Uttarakhand Assembly seats even as the last date of withdrawing the nomination passed. 51 candidates, however, withdrew their names on the last day. The BJP would now face rebel candidates in as many as 11 seats.The rebels were denied tickets in these constituencies and then decided to fight as an independent. The rebel candidates are Om Gopal from Narendra Nagar, Asha Nautiyal from Kedarnath, Surat Ram Nautiyal from Gangotri, Pramod Nainwal from Ranikhet, Kavinder Ishtwal from Chaubattakhal, Kishan Bhandari from Didihat, Rajeshwar Panyuli from Pratap Nagar, Diwakar Bhatt from Devprayag, Kuldip Kumar from Vikas Nagar, Rajiv Aggarwal from Kashipur and Mohan Kala from Srinagar.In the congress side only Shilpi Arora from the Kichha constituency. Rajendra Dhawan from Dehradun and Suryakant Dasmana withdrew their nominations.2017-02-02 11:40:09 AM
Opinion Poll Results predict an overwhelming BJP win in Uttarakhand
According to various pre-poll surveys, BJP is set to return to power in Uttarakhand will go to poll February 15 for its all 70 constituencies.
India Today-Axis Opinion Poll gives BJP 41 to 46 seats while Congress is predicted to get 18-23 seats. As per ABP News survey: BJP would win 35-43 assembly seats, while the Congress, is predicted to win 22-30 seats.
The ABP-CSDS Opinion Poll survey predicts that BJP will win 34-43 seats with Congress getting only 22-30 seats. According to another Opinion Poll by VDP Associates, BJP will win 40 seats, with Congress getting 24 seats.2017-01-25 05:00:34 PM
Congress releases list of 63 candidates in UttarakhandThe congress which is fighting a straight battle with the BJP in Uttarakhand has released a list of 63 candidates. The names were finalized in presence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Harish Rawat the present chief minister of Uttarakhand gets to fight from two seats of Kichha and Haridwar Rural.Many important congress leaders have been given ticket which includes Indira Hridyesh from Haldwani, Surendra Singh Negi from Kotdwar and Dinesh Aggarwal from Dharampur. Besides Mantri Prasad Naithani is the candidate from Deoprayag and Harish Durgapal from Lalukuwa.The congress has made dismissal of its government in the state as an election plank. The Supreme Court had reinstated the government dismissed by the central government.2017-01-23 03:44:59 PM
Former congress veteran 91-year-old Narayan Dutt Tiwari and son join BJP
In a surprise move the former congress veteran 91-year-old Narayan Dutt Tiwari has joined the BJP along with his son Rohit Shekhar. He was greeted by BJP party president Amit Shah in new Delhi. Allegedly Tiwari is seeking a BJP ticket for his son Rohit from Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. Not very long ago, in 2013 Tiwari had refused to accept Rohit as his son and only conceded after a long court battle and a DNA test.Tiwari was three times chief minister of UP and one time of Uttarakhand. Apart from this, he served as external affairs minister in Rajiv Gandhi cabinet.2017-01-19 12:51:02 PM
BJP Likely to Declare remaining seats Candidates for UP and Uttarakhand Polls Today
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has already announced its first list of candidates for the coming Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly elections on January 17. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to announce the candidates for the remaining seats for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting scheduled to take place this evening.2017-01-19 06:24:43 PM
Mulayam Faction Releases SP Candidates' List for Uttarakhand Polls
Looking to make inroads in the hill state of Uttarakhand, the Mulayam faction of the Samajwadi Party has released a list of 26 candidates for the 70-seat Uttarakhand assembly, even as the internal fight within the party's first family continues. The list has been signed by the deposed party chief Shivpal Yadav, who happens to be the party's in-charge in Uttarakhand. According to sources, the party has decided to contest on 50 seats and its second list will also be out soon. The Samajwadi Party has never won a seat in the Uttarakhand assembly elections.2017-01-16 11:20:30 AM
Congress Ropes In Poll Strategist Prashant Kishor For Uttarakhand Assembly Polls 2017
The Congress has roped in poll strategist Prashant Kishor for the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly election. This is the third poll-bound state where Kishor will work for the party after Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Congress general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Uttarakhand Ambika Soni said that Kishor will help strategise the party's campaign in the hill state where Assembly polls are slated to be held on February 15. Soni, who is also the campaign committee chairman of Punjab Congress, said that party workers who had faced 'oppression' under the Akali rule during the last 10 years should not be ignored at the time of allotting poll tickets. She added that veteran party workers had the first right on poll tickets over "outsiders" coming into the Congress-fold ahead of the polls.2017-01-06 01:00:02 PM
BJP Set to Dethrone Congress in Uttarakhand, Says India Today-Axis Survey
The India Today-Axis opinion poll has predicted that the Congress will find it difficult to retain power in the hill state of Uttarakhand. The opinion poll has given BJP 41 to 46 seats in the 70-seat Uttarakhand legislative assembly. The Congress is predicted to win 18 to 23 seats while others could get 2-6 seats. The survey also showed that the BJP is way ahead of Congress and other parties in terms of vote share. While the BJP is expected to get 45 per cent of vote share, Congress may come a distant second with 33 per cent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move is not going to affect the BJP's poll prospects as a majority of respondents (79 per cent) view the note ban as good.2017-01-06 04:09:42 PM
EC To Announce Assembly Poll Dates For Five States Today
The Election Commission of India is going to announce the schedule for the five upcoming state assembly elections at noon today. The five states going to polls early this year are Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand besides the politically significant Uttar Pradesh. The model code of conduct will come into effect immediately after the announcement of the poll date, restricting the state and the central government from declaring new sops and schemes. It is being speculated that the Election Commission might defer elections in Manipur due to the ongoing economic blockade by the United Naga Council in the state.2017-01-04 10:59:11 AM
EC team reviews Uttarakhand's preparation for 2017 assembly polls
A three-member team of the Election Commission of India (ECI) reached Uttarakhand to review the state's preparation for conducting the 2017 assembly elections. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi was in the state capital Dehradun along with two Election Commissioners Achal Kumar Jyoti and OP Rawat. The team held meetings with representatives of different political parties in the fray and collected feedback from them. Uttarakhand Chief Electoral Officer Radha Raturi apprised the team about the ongoing preparation in the state for the coming 2017 assembly polls and IG Deepam Seth briefed them about the law and order situation in the state.2016-11-03 11:35:45 AM
Uttarakhand Polls 2017: Samajwadi Party Leader Joins Congress
The Samajwadi Party suffered a major setback ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttarakhand with the exit of its general secretary Abdul Matin Siddiqui. Siddiqui has joined Congress along with hundreds of his supporters. He was a senior leader of the Samajwadi Party with a strong support base in Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar. The Samajwadi Party has been struggling to make a mark in Uttarakhand since its formation in 2000.2016-08-10 11:24:51 AM
Uttarakhand EC Targeting 80% Voter Turnout in 2017 Elections
The Uttarakhand state election authorities are hoping for an 80 per cent voter turnout in the state Assembly elections due next year. Uttarakhand has witnessed a continued rise in voter turnout in the past three state assembly elections. The polling percentage was 54.34 per cent in the 2002 assembly elections. It rose to 59.42 in the 2007 and in 2012, it was 67.22 per cent. A meeting of election officers of the poll-bound state of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and Punjab was held recently at the Election Commission's office in Delhi and a range of issues related to polls preparedness in these states were discussed.2016-07-21 11:46:44 AM
Amit Shah Attacks Rawat, Sounds Bugle for 2017 Uttarakhand Polls
While addressing a ‘Shankhnaad rally’ gathering at Rishikul Maidan in Uttarakhand, BJP chief Amit Shah appealed to the people of the state to remove the “corrupt” Congress government and vote in favour of BJP in the mountain state that goes to polls in 2017. Shah promised a corruption-free government that will work for development if voted to power in the coming assembly polls.2016-06-27 11:34:37 AM
President's Rule lifted in Uttarakhand; Rawat to take charge as CM again
After the deposed Chief Minister Harish Rawat won the trust vote on 10 May, the President’s rule in the State was revoked. The Centre conceded the defeat on Wednesday and the Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi told lawyers that Rawat can take charge as the CM.2016-05-12 11:31:52 AM
Uttarakhand crisis: Centre to move Supreme Court today
The Centre is taking the case of imposing President's Rule in Uttarakhand to Supreme Court on Friday. This move comes after the Uttarakhand High Court found faults in the Centre's justification of imposing President's Rule in the state. However, the union government sources said that they can provide substantial legal ground in the top court.2016-04-22 11:26:12 AM
Uttarakhand Comes Under President's Rule
The state of Uttarakhand came under President's rule on Sunday after days of political turmoil. A central rule was recommended by the Union cabinet at its emergency meeting on Saturday which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation to dismiss the Congress government in the state after getting briefed by cabinet minister Arun Jaitley. The proclamation comes a day before Chief Minister Harish Rawat was to face the scheduled floor test in the state Assembly to prove his majority.2016-03-28 12:18:46 PM
BJP demands Uttarakhand CM's resignation
The BJP on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, alleging he was involved in a liquor scam and "loot" during the 2013 floods. "The Uttarakhand chief minister and his personal secretary were involved in a liquor scam and loot during the Uttarakhand floods," union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference. She also released a sting operation video and said: "We have video proof which shows involvement of the Uttarakhand CM and his powerful close confidante in the scam."
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:14:24 PM
Uttarakhand CM reviews 'Char Dham Yatra' preparations
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat paid a visit to the Badrinath shrine on Monday and took stock of the "Char Dham Yatra" preparations, an official said. The yatra is an annual pilgrimage to the four Hindu religious shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. He said that the snow having been cleared, the yatra pathway has been opened and assured locals that a permanent solution for landslide-prone areas would be ensured within two years by constructing a tunnel in Lambagar.
Source: IANS2015-04-21 09:31:35 AM
Uttarakhand Assembly Constituency by-elections results 2015
In Uttarakhand's Bhagwanpur Assembly Constituency by-elections Congress's Mamata Rakesh is leading.
Source: Various Media Reports2015-04-15 09:22:26 AM
By-elections: Counting on in six assembly constituencies of four states
Counting began this morning in the six assembly constituencies of four states where polling took place on 11 April for by-elections. As of 9.30 am Gobind Singh Longowal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was ahead in the lone assembly constituency of Dhuri in Punjab by 11,323 votes. While Trupti Sawant of Shiv Sena was leading in coveted Vandre-east constituency by 7,122 votes, whereas NCP's Suman Patil, widow of R.R. Patil, seems all set to sweep the polls in Tasgaon Kavathe Mahankal as she had 65,385 votes as compared to Swapnil Patil's 6,576 votes. Congress's Mamata Rakesh was leading in Bhagwanpur assembly segment of Uttarakhand, while Urmila Devi Rajpoot of the Samajvadi Party was ahead in Charkhari assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh. Trends for Pharenda in Uttar Pradesh were yet not announced.
Source: News Reports2015-04-15 09:52:30 AM
By-election trends in six assembly constituencies till 10.45 am
By 10.45 am Gobind Singh Longowal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is ahead in the lone assembly constituency of Dhuri in Punjab by 25,741 votes. While Trupti Sawant of Shiv Sena is leading in the coveted Vandre-east constituency by 19,741 votes, whereas NCP's Suman Patil, widow of R.R. Patil, seems all set to sweep the polls in Tasgaon Kavathe Mahankal as she has 90,863 votes as compared to Swapnil Patil's just 10,361 votes. Congress's Mamata Rakesh has won the Bhagwanpur assembly segment of Uttarakhand with a total of 46,988 votes, while Urmila Devi Rajpoot of the Samajvadi Party is ahead in Charkhari assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh by 25,000 votes.
Source: News Reports2015-04-15 10:52:45 AM
SAD, Congress win a seat each
Results of by-elections in Dhuri (Punjab) and Bhagwanpur (Uttarakhand) have been announced while couinting of votes is still going on in the rest of the assembly constituencies. Gobind Singh Longowal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has won the Dhuri assembly seat of Punjab by 37,501 votes, while Mamata Rakesh of Congress bagged the Bhagwanpur seat of Uttarakhand with 46,988 votes. On the other hand, with the counting for 16 rounds completed, Shiv Sena is leading in Vandre-east by 20,692 votes, while Suman Patil of NCP is ahead in Tasgaon Kavathe Mahankal with 1,09,545 votes. In uttar Pradesh, Samajvadi Party candidate Urmila Devi Rajpoot is ahead by 25,000 votes.
Source: News Reports2015-04-15 11:54:27 AM
By-elections results in four states to be announced on Wednesday
The counting of votes for the by-elections in four states will be done and results will be announced on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. A total of six legislative assembly constituencies went for polls on Saturday, 11 April amidst tight security arrangements. The assembly constituencies that went for polls are Charkhari and Pharenda in Uttar Pradesh, Bhagwanpur in Uttarakhand, Dhuri in Punjab and Vandre-east and Tasgaon-Kavathe Mahankal in the state of Maharshtra.
Source: IANS2015-04-13 10:12:39 AM
By-elections in four states today
Polling for the six legislative assembly constituencies in four states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Punjab started this morning at 8. The assembly constituencies going for polls are Charkhari and Pharenda in Uttar Pradesh, Bhagwanpur in Uttarakhand, Dhuri in Punjab and Vandre-east and Tasgaon-Kavathe Mahankal in the state of Maharshtra. The polling will go on till 5 pm. The counting of votes will be done and the results will be announced on Wednesday, 15 April.
Source: News Reports2015-04-11 10:01:28 AM
By-elections in four states on 11 April
By-elections in Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be held on 11 April. A total of five assembly constituencies in these four state will go for polls on Saturday between 8 am and 5pm. The assembly constituencies going for polls are Dhuri in Punjab, Charkhadi and Pharenda in Uttar Pradesh, Bhagwanpur in Uttarakhand and Tasgaon-Kavathe Mahankal in Maharshtra. The results of elections in all the constituencies will be announced on 15 April.
Source: News Reports2015-04-07 03:12:04 PM
Uttarakhand assembly budget session starts on positive note
The budget session of the Uttarakhand assembly began on Wednesday on a positive note and Chief Minister Harish Rawat thanked the opposition for allowing the governor to address the house peacefully. While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators earlier squatted in the corridor of the assembly before the address by Governor K.K. Paul, alleging discrimination in developmental work, they later allowed the governor to address the house. "We did not want to disrupt proceedings as we wanted to hear out the governor's address which reflected the intent and policies of the Congress-led government," a BJP leader said. He said that the party would, however, like to debate the address for four days before it is passed, as it was "full of blatant lies". Rawat welcomed the "positive attitude" of the opposition, and said that if this continued in the days to come, he will try to bridge differences with them.
Source: IANS2015-03-12 10:10:11 AM
States ask centre to bear cost of anti-Maoist operations
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday held a meeting with the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh, during which the states demanded that the central government bear the cost of anti-Maoist operations. The Central Zonal Council meeting, held in the Uttar Pradesh capital after 20 years, was aimed at seeking solutions to inter-state disputes and to other problems faced by these states. Akhilesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Shivraj Singh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh), Harish Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh) discussed many pending issues with Rajnath Singh. The chief ministers demanded that the central government bear the cost of operations against Maoists. Chhattisgarh officials said that the state had spent Rs.3,200 crore on central forces involved in anti-Maoist operations in the last few years.
Source: IANS2015-01-20 10:20:47 AM
Hopeful of UP-Uttarakhand disputes' resolution: Harish Rawat
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday expressed hope that the contentious issues between his state and Uttar Pradesh will soon be sorted out. He was in Lucknow to attend the central zonal council meeting of chief ministers. Before leaving for Uttarakhand, Rawat told reporters at the Amausi airport that a committee, headed by chief secretaries of both the states, would be constituted soon to find solution to all pending disputes. Rawat said that he was hopeful of an early and satisfactory solution to the decade-old issues as he found Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, and PWD and Irrigation Minister Shivpal Singh "extremely generous and very understanding people". Instructions have been issued to complete the ground work for resolving the problems within 15 days, he said.
Source: IANS2015-01-20 04:36:47 PM
BJP questions Akhilesh on bodies found in Ganga, Betwa
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday questioned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's silence on the recovery of as many as 110 bodies in the Ganga and Betwa rivers in the last few days. Saying that the chief minister should have spoken on the issue and initiated a high-level probe into the matter, BJP state spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that it was sad that instead of Akhilesh Yadav, the ministers of the Samajwadi Party (SP) government were making wild comments over the issue. Alluding to state Urban Development Minister Mohammed Azam Khan's allegation that BJP's parliament member Sakshi Maharaj, from Unnao district, brought the bodies in a truck and dumped them in the Ganga, Pathak said that the chief minister should either question Azam Khan over his statement or ask security agencies to check its veracity.
Source: IANS2015-01-16 01:53:56 PM
States fearful about losing Planning Commission: Uttarakhand CM
There is a strong sense of apprehension and uncertainty among states like Uttarakhand following the union government's proposal to wind up the Planning Commission, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on Saturday. The Congress leader made the comments at a summit organised by the India Today group in the national capital on centre-state relationships, as he locked horns with BJP leader and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis over the issue of centre-state relations in the Indian federation Saturday. "There is uncertainty among small states like mine regarding the potential dismantling of the Planning Commission. Who do we approach for funding and other concerns now? Rawat asked as he shared his fears over the loss of an autonomous body at the Centre that sets the country's development agenda.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 10:05:40 PM
Harish Rawat wins Uttarakhand assembly bypoll
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat won the bypoll for the Dharchula assembly seat, election officials said.
Source: IANS2014-07-25 12:37:35 PM
Chinese choppers entered India twice in recent months : Arun Jaitley
Chinese choppers entered Indian territory in Uttarakhand twice in April and June, due to "differing perception of the LAC", Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said a protest was lodged with the Chinese side by the Indian Army. "Two Chinese helicopters transgressed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on April 30 and June 13, 2014, in Uttarakhand," Jaitley told the house. "Due to differing perception of the LAC by both India and China, transgressions do occur," he said.2014-07-15 05:04:07 PM
Congress announces contestants for assembly bypolls in Uttarakhand
The Congress which is a ruling party in Uttarakhand has announced its candidates for the three assembly seats in the state where bypolls are scheduled to be held on July 21.CM Harish Rawat will contest from Dharchula seat, Hira Singh Bisht from Doiwala and Rekha Arya, who joined the party just few days back will contest from Someshwar.2014-06-27 03:05:18 PM
Sonia Gandhi interacts with people in Kausani
Congress president Sonia Gandhi recently visited the hill town of Kausani in Uttarkhand's Bageswar district. Gandhi interacted with the local people and inquired about their general condition. She also met the villagers in the state and discussed their problems. Sonia Gandhi "travelled almost 1.5-km on foot to reach the Rudradhari Shiv Mandir which is almost a century old", said a villager.2014-06-27 03:06:23 PM
Uttarakhand Panchayat poll results will be available online
The results of Uttarakhand panchayat poll, for the first time, will be available on the internet and mobile phones. The Election Commission will display the results online with the help of National Informatics Centre, said State Election Commissioner Subardhan He reviewed the preparations for counting in the three-tier panchayat elections which were held in three phases on June 18, 21, and 24. To get the results on phone, the user can download the application from ECI website.2014-06-27 03:07:26 PM
Qureshi sworn in as UP governor
Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi took over additional charge as governor of Uttar Pradesh. He was administered the oath of office by Allahabad High Court Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud at Raj Bhavan in presence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his cabinet colleagues and other dignitaries. Qureshi was given additional charge of the state after B.L. Joshi quit as governor last week following an "advisory" by the union home ministry. Source : IANS2014-06-24 09:26:38 AM
BJP failing on checking price rise, protecting women: Congress
The BJP has failed to check price rise or provide security to women despite tall promises made during elections, a Congres spokesperson claimed. "During the election campaign, the BJP sold dreams of 'acche din' by promising to curtail price rise... Indian voters gave them 10 seats more than the majority figure of 272 so that they do not give excuses of compulsion of coalition politics. However, the BJP has failed the people on both these fronts," contended Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza. Source : IANS2014-06-24 09:44:58 AM
UGC, DU standoff continues; colleges defer admissions
The standoff between the UGC and Delhi University (DU) over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) continued with most of the university's colleges deferring admissions, leading to confusion among lakhs of aspirants just a day before the admission process was to begin. Even as the University Grants Commission (UGC), a statutory body of the government to coordinate and maintain the standards of university education in India, ordered the DU to scrap the FYUP "without fail" by Monday, the university was tight-lipped over the issue. Source : IANS2014-06-24 11:17:04 AM
A year later, Uttarakhand's 'Village of Widows' struggles for survival
On this very day last year, "god's own land" as the hill state of Uttarakhand is called, faced the worst fury of nature which left several thousand people dead and widespread devastation in rain-triggered floods. The ones who died have gone by. But life has become difficult for the families of the dead and the ones who have managed to survive the tragedy, as they are left with no source of livelihood. Most of the men from Deoli village who died in the floods were either priests, hoteliers or porters - the bread winners of the families who are dependent on the pilgrimage season. The ones who have survived are so traumatised that they are terrified to go back to Kedarnath temple, 30 km away, and work. Source : IANS2014-06-17 12:08:26 PM
Jharkhand CM expands cabinet
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday expanded his cabinet by inducting a minister. Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed administered oath to Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator Lobin Hembrom as the 12th minister. Jharkhand can have a maximum of 12 ministers, including the chief minister. Lobin is a legislator from Santhal Paragna. The 12th minister's post fell vacant after Hemant Soren sacked Simon Marandi for working against the party in the April-May Lok Sabha poll. Source : IANS2014-06-17 12:56:15 PM
UP governor Joshi resigns
Uttar Pradesh Governor B.L. Joshi on Tuesday submitted his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee, officials at Raj Bhawan said. The 78-year-old retired Indian Police Service officer was the Uttar Pradesh governor since 2009 and had enjoyed a good relationship with two successive chief ministers, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. An official who worked with him said that with the ascendancy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Joshi was feeling uneasy as the Congress-led government had appointed him. Source : IANS2014-06-17 03:38:49 PM
Jaitley warns hoarders over food prices
Blaming hoarding of food articles for rising prices, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked states to take effective steps against "speculative hoarding". "The state governments should take effective steps to ensure that speculative hoarding is discouraged," Jaitley said in a post on Facebook. "The government is committed to take measures which will positively impact the GDP and result in higher growth than expected," he added. Source : IANS2014-06-17 04:08:32 PM
Congress scores zero in several states, mauled in many others
BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's prediction that Congress would not be able to open its account in several states came true with the party failing to secure a single Lok Sabha seat from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand as votes were counted. Congress leaders said that it was unprecedented for the party not to score seats across regions in a general election.
Source: IANS2014-05-17 09:34:33 AM
Balloting in Uttarakhand for all its five Lok Sabha seats has begun, officials said. As many as 74 candidates are in the fray. In Hardwar, the Congress has fielded Renuka Rawat, wife of Chief Minister Harish Rawat, against former chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In Garhwal, BJP candidate and former chief minister Maj. Gen. (retd) B.C. Khanduri is pitted against Harak Singh Rawat of the Congress.
Source: IANS2014-05-07 07:57:46 AM
Brisk polling in Uttarakhand
Brisk polling was seen at most polling stations of Uttarakhand where balloting for all its five Lok Sabha constituencies is taking place. Around 31.97% voting was recorded till 1 pm.2014-05-07 02:46:53 PM
Uttarakhand records 44 per cent polling till 3 pm2014-05-07 05:29:30 PM
N.D. Tiwari not to contest from Nainital
Senior Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari will not contest from Uttarakhand's Nainital Lok Sabha constituency seat, his close aides said Wednesday. Sources said the former chief minister of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh wanted to contest one last time and had also pleaded with the party leadership to field his son Rohit Shekhar but his pleas were not yielded to.
Source: IANS2014-04-16 10:50:29 AM
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