pitty state of uttarakhand politics

The change in the leadership of the chief minister position  of uttarakhand for the 10th time back to back in 20 years which shows the condition of the regional politics and the way the native citizens have been left conned. It was time for the former chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to provide a resultant outcome of his 4 years of the term, it would have been a good effort if the mature discrimination of promises and the completion of those promises were kept in front of the citizens. But, the change of the Chief minister from Trivendra Singh Rawat to Teerath Singh Rawat shows that the motto of this turmoil state was only to confuse people with a perfect escape from their responsibilities.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s wing of Uttarakhand itself does not have any answers to the questions which were asked for the sudden change  in the governance policy. When the post of Chief minister was handed to Teerath Singh Rawat, the rumours were that the CBI enquiry of the scam related to money laundering has become a nightmare for the party. Hence, this could be the retaliation of that fear to overcome the downgrading of the party’s motto of ‘ Zero tolerance for corruption’. 

Many of the media sources suggest that the former CM reached the point where it was impossible to raise any finger on his decision, this probably provided the breakthrough to the bureaucratic politics which further came slowly in the completion of the projects that were to be launched before 2022 assembly elections. The problem with Trivendra Singh Rawat term was noticed when the MLA’s of his own party showed negative views on his governance. In fact, Trivendra Singh Rawat was less likely to appreciate the effort done by MP Anil Baluni to start a couple of  consecutive trains connecting Both Kumaon and Garhwal Region to the rest of India. 

The regionalism between Kumaon and Garhwal in the governance of the former CM was also the negative point that led to his demotion from the CM’s post. The biggest example of regionalism was the division of Uttarakhand into three commissionaires of Kumaon, Garhwal and Gairsain. The former CM’s decision was opposed by the insiders of BJP itself as the decision was self centric to save the personal political image without giving the public opinion a considerable weightage. 

The Demand of Gairsain as a new district of the Uttarakhand was manipulated to the commissary of Gairsain, which included the prime area of Kumaon i.e, Almora and Bageshwar. The natives of Almora and Bageshwar were seemed unrestful after this forced decision by the former CM as both of the districts played an important role in defining the Kumaon region and its administration. The MLA’s of these regions were unhappy with the division that was caused between the region of Kumaon and Garhwal. The state government provided the ease of administration of these regions as the main reason for forming a separate commissary. 

Trivendra’s work in regional division was followed by the undemanded change of the Kotdwar as Kanavnagari too, the people of the region were frequently complaining on the social platforms about this forced name change with no valuable reason. 

This dramatic consequence of the change in CM posts is not only a first time in Uttarakhand’s political history, there have been a total of 9 changes of CM in just 20 years of the formation of the state. The lack of sense to own the responsibility of failure in the development front always leads to the political turmoil. When BJP came to power in 2017, the party political figures projected that the “double engine” will take the state to the growth of development that has never been achieved. But, the case rests in the same burrow of changing CMs and unresponsiveness to the needs of the people like Government jobs and a valid national identity. The decision of the present government to provide everyone the right  to buy  land in the state irrespective of the Domicile of the region made a change in people’s attitude and thinking towards the national parties oriented governments. It seems that the national parties are  incapable of sensing the needs of the regional people. Their urge to induce the sector of their vote bank in the region is taking shape by these self oriented policies leading Uttarakhand as an upcoming pitiful state. 

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Nitin Chandola


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