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Team Anna’s Blindspot

Team Anna’s decision to enter the fray in Uttarakhand’s state elections is fraught with risky political calculations that may adversely impact their anti-corruption campaign and tarnish their reputation as a self-proclaimed apolitical force. Chief amongst these is the group’s celebratory attitude towards the passage of…

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Preventing the use and abuse of the Lokayukta issue

While a strengthened Lokayukta (Uttarakhand was one of the few states with a preexisting board) is welcome, the transparently electoral compulsions behind the push for the bill at the tail end of the government’s five year term has overshadowed its introduction. Since the passage of…

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CM making false promises to win poll: UPP

The Uttarakhand Parivartan Party has charged Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri with indulging in the “worst kind of corruption” by making false promises to the people of the state with an intention to win elections. PC Tewari, president of the Uttarakhand Parivartan Party, addressing mediapersons…

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Move against corruption a facade , to get votes

Uttarakhand is the first state of the country to put in place a Lokpal Bill. And though by doing so chief minister B C Khanduri may have become the poster boy of Anna Hazare, legal experts here claim that it is full of flaws and…

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Negi’s video on corruption released

Before the forthcoming Assembly elections, the much awaited musical album (video) of renowned Uttarakhandi folk singer Narender Negi, which highlighted corruption in higher places and political satire, was released here today. Music lovers in the hill state were anxiously waiting for Negi,s “Ab Kathga Khailo”…

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UP should learn from Uttarakhand that splits are a mixed blessing

They are the success stories like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Goa. Then there are underachievers like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and the north-eastern states, with the possible exception of Sikkim. But perhaps the prospects for the four proposed UP disaggregates could best be seen in the…

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Lokayukta Act incapable of curbing graft: UPP

Nainital, November 17 The Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (UPP) has come out against the recently passed Lokayukta Act in the state, describing it as ‘a paper tiger that is incapable of curbing corruption’. Party President PC Tewari has underlined that the government had very cleverly saved…

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General in his labyrinth: Khanduri and the Uttarakhand Lok Ayukta Act

Now what does the general do to lift the sagging morale of his forces and also that of the people? He sends his chief secretary for three clandestine meetings with Anna Hazare’s associates (so much for transparency and wider consultations). After making bare minimum changes,…

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Uttarakhand’s decade of corruption

Dehra Dun : As the state gears up to celebrate its statehood day on Wednesday, for the common man in general and those families in particular whose members struggled day in and day night and also gave their lives in the struggle for the statehood…

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Uttarakhand’s political class revels in weak Lokayukta Act

Subodh Ghildiyal, Times of India Sep 12, 2011 NEW DELHI: Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal may have got the boot on corruption issues but the state ironically appears to be ruled by the cleanest political class in the country. The state Lokayukta has not received…

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