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Dynastic politics common in both Cong, BJP

Anupam Trivedi  Dehradun, April 03, 2014
First Published: 16:50 IST(3/4/2014) | Last Updated: 16:54 IST(3/4/2014)

Dehradun: Displaying love for family, friends, brother, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law is something not uncommon even in politics, at least in Uttarakhand. The love is intense across parties. Both ruling Congress and opposition Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) seem to be sailing in the same boat.


Chief minister Harish Rawat is reportedly interested in seeing either his wife Renuka or his daughter Anupama as party candidate from Haridwar parliamentary constituency. If Congress sources are to be believed the state Congress unit has also given consent to Renuka’s name.

In fact, chief minister Rawat contested one election after another from Almora parliamentary constituency until it was reserved for the schedule castes in 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Rawat in 2004 polls fielded his wife Renuka from Almora but she lost to BJP’s Bachi Singh Rawat. Now Rawat’s protégé Pradeep Tamta represents Almora seat. Defending the entry of family persons in the politics, Rawat recently said that usually sons and family persons follow in the “footsteps of senior member of family”.

Another Congress leader and ex-CM Vijay Bahuguna’s also represents family tree. His father HN Bahuguna was prominent leader and chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Vijay Bahuguna in 2102 by polls fielded his son Saket from Tehri parliamentary constituency. Buzz is Congress wants senior Bahuguna to continue though he is batting for his son. BJP’s case is no different. The sitting MP of Tehri Mala Rajlaxmi Shah hails from the royal family of Tehri. Her father in law Manvendra Shah represented Tehri for decades and after his death BJP gave ticket to his son but he lost to Vijay Bahuguna. In 2012 by polls BJP gave ticket to the daughter in law of senior Shah and present MP.

Many leaders in both the major parties feel the dynasty politics spoils the chances of the second league of leaders. The BJP firebrand Munna Singh Chauhan has come out openly against dynastic politics. He was claiming ticket from Tehri.

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‘Central aid to state rose in past 3 yrs, but growth slow’

The annual assistance from the Centre to the state has increased in last few financial years, according to official statistics, even though the Uttarakhand government has been firing salvos at the central government over it.
Two days ago, the state Congress unit demanded `4,000 crore financial assistance from the centre.
According to the central statistics office figures, the Centre released `4883.74 crores for the state in 2011-12. It released `4717.68 crores in 2012-2013. And in 2013-2014, it increased the assistance to `5418.60 crores.

Uttarakhand is one of the 11 Himalayan states which enjoy special category status besides Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
These special category states have to make part payment to the centre in lieu of getting funds for centrally-sponsored schemes.
Interestingly, on an average, central assistance has been substantial for the state though it has not helped Uttarakhand in increasing its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) which is total monetary value of goods and services produced by a state economy in a given year.
“GSDP depends on various factors like rate of savings and investments and overall business atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean the state does not need help,” said Surender Kumar, media in-charge for CM adding that the state needs more funds.
The figures for Uttarakhand GSDP growth at constant (2004-5) price (as on 01-08-2014) was 9.36% in 2011-12. It was 5.61% in 2012-13 and 5.65% in 2013-2014.
Sometime back Planning Commission constituted a committee to study development in hill states arising from management of forest land with special focus on creation of infrastructure, livelihood and human development.
The report of the committee was discussed in Internal Planning Committee meeting held in February this year.
A Planning Commission note claimed that IPC broadly endorsed the recommendations of the committee. The report has also been forwarded to states for further inputs.

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