DAINIK NATION BUREAU
To protest against the BJP led Uttarakhand government’s recent decision to include a large number of villages in the state within jurisdiction of municipal corporations and municipalities Uttarakhand Congress took out march and burnt effigy of the state government. Protests were held at various places across the state, including capital Dehradun.
Congress workers in Dehradun led by Ex CM Harish Rawat and Leader of Opposition Dr Indira Hridayesh staged protest at Astley Hall Chowk and burnt an effigy of state BJP government terming the decision as anti-people.
Addressing the gathering, Hridyesh alleged that the state government was trying to force its opinion on people and has included a large number of village areas across the state in municipalities and Municipal Corporations despite large-scale opposition by village representatives.
the state government for taking the decision without taking the public into confidence. She said that developmental works were already stalled in existing areas of urban local bodies, considering which the decision to further expand the area was against public interest
Similarly, protests were held at Doiwala and Uttarakashi, where Congress workers demanded immediate withdrawal of notification that has included several of gram sabhas in the Dehradun Municipal Corporations.
In Uttarakashi they alleged that such decision will prove counter production for them. They said while farmers get seed, fertilisers and other agriculture equipments from village blocks at subsidised rates would not get the same after their villages are included in municipal areas. Further, they will have to pay house taxes now being part of the municipal areas.
Former chief minister Harish Rawat, Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Tamta, former cabinet minister Dinesh Agrawal, former MLA Rajkumar and other party members were also present at the protest.