Apart from the location of capital, Uttaranchal is facing a demographic quandary as a new delimitation process based on the 2001 census will shift the balance of power to the plains districts, defeating the very purpose of a hill state. This should cause grave concern to all Uttarakhand activists who foresaw this eventuality, given the plains-centered policies of both the central and state governments that gave birth to the construct of Uttaranchal with its capital in Dehradun. Thus the struggle for Uttarakhand, with its politics centered in villages like Gairsain continues…
Cong MLAs push for freeze on delimitation
S.M.A. Kazmi, Indian Express
DEHRA DUN, FEBRUARY 14: Ruling Congress legislators have been pressuring the state government to approach the Centre to freeze the delimitation of Assembly segments.
A delegation of Congress legislators met Uttaranchal Chief Minister N.D. Tiwari and demanded that the state government formally approach the Delimitation Commission and the Centre to demand that the balance between the Assembly segments of hills and plain areas not be disturbed. [more]