Published On: Tue, Oct 13th, 2015

BJP questions government over Gairsain issue

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Dehradun: The leader of opposition in Uttarakhand assembly, Ajay Bhatt, has accused the Congress government of misleading the people of the state and not clarifying its stand on the future capital of Uttarakhand.

The Congress government recently announced the decision to hold four-day session in Gairsain on November 1 for which spadework is going on for the arrangements of MLAs and officials.

“Holding assembly session in the tents doesn’t make a place a capital but the Congress party is shrewdly doing this to give out the message that work is being done. The fact is, there is no clarity on this issue in the Congress party,” said Bhatt.

He added that the work of identifying a place for making a state assembly building is going on in Raipur and the work of buildings meant for different state government departments is going on in Gairsain. “I would like the CM to clarify his planning and vision for the state capital. What purpose does it serve if government offices are being constructed in Gairsain and assembly is being constructed in Raipur. Why there is so much of confusion on such a serious thing like developing a new state capital?” said Bhatt.

When contacted, Congress spokesperson Surinder Kumar said, “There is no confusion. All the developmental work be it the MLA hostel, assembly building and housing of officials, everything is going on in Gairsain. The Congress government is committed to the promise. The BJP during its tenure never thought of Gairsain and now making the fuss over even holding assembly session.”

According to the state government records, Dehradun is temporary capital of Uttarakhand and there have been talks of shifting the capital to Gairsain, which is close to both Kumaon and Garhwal region.

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