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Hindu (2005.7.27): UKD's bandh call on delimitation

Staff Correspondent, Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005

DEHRA DUN: The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (Airi) has given an “Uttarakhand bandh” call for August 8 to protest against fresh delimitation of constituencies in the State.

Announcing this after the party’s “Maha Sammelan”, UKD leaders said that the idea was to mobilise public opinion against delimitation, as it would reduce the number of seats in the hills and create more seats in the densely-populated plains of Hardwar, Dehra Dun and Udham Singh Nagar.

“The very concept of having a small State for development of the remote hill villages would be lost if the number of Assembly seats are reduced. It would mean lesser representation in the Assembly and lesser funds that come through the MLAs and we will crusade against it,” said Kashi Singh Airi, MLA.

Dewakar Bhat, leader of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (Democratic), in a separate “Maha Sammelan” said the conspiracy to “cheat” the hill masses through a fresh delimitation could be best opposed if both the factions reunited. The Airi faction is, however, sceptical of taking back the splinter group. [more]