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All the newly-elected legislators, who were administered the oath of office on Tuesday, appeared upbeat irrespective of whether they belonged to the BJP that returned to power in Uttarakhand sweeping the assembly election or the Congress that faced a near-total electoral rout

dehradun Updated: Mar 23, 2017 19:14 IST
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Protem speaker Harbans Kapoor (C) administers oath to MLAs  on Tuesday.
Protem speaker Harbans Kapoor (C) administers oath to MLAs on Tuesday.(HT PHOTO)

DEHRADUN: All the newly-elected legislators, who were administered the oath of office on Tuesday, appeared upbeat irrespective of whether they belonged to the BJP that returned to power in Uttarakhand sweeping the assembly election or the Congress that faced a near-total electoral rout.

There was not a tinge of sadness on the faces of Congress legislators whose party won just 11 seats in a House of 70. They appeared as buoyant as their counterparts from the BJP that romped home with 57 seats.

Most BJP and Congress legislators HT spoke to shared their vision of development for their respective assembly constituencies. First timers shared the development projects they have conceived for their constituents. The reelected veterans spoke about the half-completed projects they would like to resume apart from introducing the new schemes.

Minister of state Rekha Arya, who was re-elected from Someshwar, said her first priority would be to resume all the projects that were left incomplete during her last stint as a legislator. “There are a number of half completed projects relating to roads, drinking water, irrigation and education that I would get completed this time,” she said. “Besides, women empowerment is another area that is close to my heart. I will also try to check forced migration by creating employment opportunities for the youth,” she added.

Ritu Khanduri Bhushan, the first time BJP MLA from Yamkeshwar, said poor road connectivity is one of the key problems facing her constituency she would try to resolve on a priority basis. “Besides, I will ensure that educational facilities, which are in a poor state in my constituency, get a boost,” said Bhushan, a professor of History at Amity University in Noida and the daughter of former chief minister BC Khanduri.

Sanjiv Arya, first time BJP legislator from Nainital and the son of minister Yashpal Arya, however, has several new development plans for his constituency. “I will try and boost the tourism infrastructure in Nainital, besides ensuring that the fast receding water in Naini Lake — the main attraction of the famous hill resort is replenished,” he said. “Besides, I have a number of development plans for the rural areas of my constituency.”

Manoj Rawat, the first time Congress MLA from Kedarnath, said his focus would be on strengthening the tourism infrastructure in the famous pilgrimage centre of Hindus. “I will ensure that tourism infrastructure gets a boost so that more employment opportunities could be created in my constituency,” he added.