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एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:


UKD, Uttarakhand Karanti Dal is only the regional party in Uttarakhand which played a vital role in making the Uttarakhand separate state.

Let us discuss about this paty.

M S Mehta

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:
Uttarakhand Kranti Dal

The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal is a regional political party in India. It bills itself as the only regional party of the Uttarakhand Himalayas, in contrast to the national parties that dominate the region's politics.

The UKD was established in 1979 to fight for a separate state composed of the hill districts of Uttar Pradesh. The founding convention was chaired by Dr. D.D. Pant, former vice-chancellor of Kumaun University. This demand was partially achieved with the creation of Uttaranchal state in 2000. However, in the first ever state assembly elections in 2002, it won only 4 out of 70 seats, and were outmaneuvered by the Congress and BJP who were late comers to the separate state movement, but succeeded in capturing its momentum for electoral gain.

As of yet, the UKD has not been able to achieve its ostensible goal in establishing a viable "third force" in Uttarakhand politics due to splits and divisions within its ranks. However, it maintains friendly relations with left parties in the state such as the CPI, CPI(M), and other minor Uttarakhand parties and social movements.

The party has taken on various campaigns in the past geared towards the social and economic uplift of highlanders. The party has however embraced a number of causes of concern to the diversity of peoples living in Uttarakhand, defining the Uttarakhandi identity in broad and inclusive terms. As such, its ideology of civic as opposed to ethnic regionalism can be compared to other centre-left nationalist parties like the Scottish National Party or Plaid Cymru, although its orientation and goals are emphatically non-secessionist.

The current president of the party is B.D. Raturi and its legislative caucus is headed by Kashi Singh Airi, one of its first elected MLAs. Other personalities include the late Indramani Badoni, late Bipin Chandra Tripathi, and Diwakar Bhatt, founder members and long time agitators for the separate state movement.

At the February 2007 state elections, the party won 3 of the 70 seats, but because neither the Congress nor the BJP received a majority, the UKD took an important role in forming the next government by providing needed support to one of the larger parties. [1]

The party chose to support the BJP, which was much closer to having a majority compared to the Coongress Party, and the BJP formed the next government in March 2007.

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:

Leader [[President: Dr. Narayan Singh Jantwal| Other Leaders: Kashi Singh Airi, Diwakar Bhatt, Triven Panwar, Pushpesh Tripathi, B.D. Raturi, jagdish Budhani, Hem Rawat,Pratap Sahi, Mahesh Parihar, Bhuwan Joshi, Subhash Pandey ]]

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:
Founded 1979
Headquarters 10, Court Road, Dehradun - 248001

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:
About the Party
The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal was founded on 25 July, 1979, under the chairmanship of the then Vice-Chancellor of Kumaon University, Shri D.D. Pant.

In addition to leading the separate statehood movement by building a large and inclusive identity for the region's diverse peoples, the UKD has since focussed on social justice and balanced development for the Uttarakhand region of the Indian Himalayas.

In 1980, the Jaswant Singh Bisht opened the party's account by winning the UKD's first legislative assembly seat. In 1985, Kashi Singh Airi won in Pithoragarh, becoming the party's longest serving member, winning again in the new Uttaranchal state assembly elections of 2002.

In 1994, the party helped successfully steer a anti-reservation stir into a massive movement for a separate hill state, the only way to address the region's development issues specific to its rugged highland geography.

In 1999, Indramani Badoni, one of the original hunger strikers of 1994 and a long-time stalwart of the UKD breathed his last. The party pledged to take up his work as a tribute to his tireless efforts on behalf of the region.

In 2000, the state of "Uttaranchal" was created. While welcomed as a major victory by the people, the state's creation was only a partial success as the manner in which it was formed completely disregarded the movement that gave it birth.

In the post-statehood period, the UKD has continued to speak out for the rights of the average citizens of state, while pressing to complete the unfinished business of the Uttarakhand Andolan, including defending the state's social and cultural identity as embodied by its true name, Uttarakhand, locating its permanent capital at Gairsain, and fighting for greater grassroots democracy and the basic rights of Uttarakhandi people.

(TAKEN FROM http://www.ukd.in/)


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