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Election sans development in Uttarakhand

Shishir Prashant / Business Standard / Dehra Dun May 04, 2009

Although both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the two main parties in Uttarakhand, are targeting each other for not improving the economic health of the hill state, politics on the real developmental issues is yet to pick up momentum despite the Lok Sabha elections are on.

Uttarakhand, which has five Lok Sabha seats, will go to polls on May 13, the last phase of the ongoing general elections. But with just a few days left, the two parties are not giving much importance to the core developmental issues like hydel projects, roads, flyovers, industries and rail and air connectivity. In other words, the election is being fought mainly on rural and social issues. [more]