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SP forges alliance with Left, JDS and JDU

Abhinav Madhwal  Dehradun, March 15, 2014
First Published: 16:18 IST(15/3/2014) | Last Updated: 16:25 IST(15/3/2014)

Dehradun: The Samajwadi Party has forged an alliance with four other parties - CPI, CPI(M), JD(S) and JD(U) - ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

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This move has been initiated after arriving at an understanding between these parties at the national level.

The new allies of SP has relatively small support base in the state and none except the Samajwadi Party has won any seat here after the formation of the state in 2000.

At present, experts have not made any prediction on the impact of this alliance on the parties’ electoral prospects. The left parties have won the Lok Sabha and assembly seats before the formation of Uttarakhand. They have not been able to make any substantial impact after the formation of Uttarakhand.

As per the alliance agreement, Narendra Singh Negi of the CPI is the official candidate for the Pauri seat while Shiv Prasad Devli of the CPI(M) is the candidate for Tehri seat.

The left parties will not contest on the 3 other seats - Nainital, Almora and Haridwar. SP candidate Ajmal Nawaz Khan will contest from Haridwar, Bhagwati Prasad Trikoti from Almora and Avtar Singh from Nainital.

State president of Samajwadi Party Satyanarayan Sachan said the alliance was in place now between Samajwadi Party, CPI, CPI (M), Janata Dal (United) and Janata Dal (Secular), which would benefit all the parties involved.

“This would help in avoiding the splitting up of the secular and non-Congress and non-BJP votes which would be decisive,” said Sachan.

Janata Dal Secular state president Harjinder Singh said the alliance was in place, but the finer points are being worked out.

“We have asked for the Tehri, Haridwar and Nainital seats. We are hoping that the issues would be worked out very soon,” he said.

He also said the Janata Dal united has staked claim on the Haridwar seat. CPI (M) state secretary Vijay Rawat said the voting percentage of the left parties was set to improve this time and the alliance would prove decisive.

“Both the candidates of the left parties are popular at the grass roots level. Congress party is already on the defensive and we would benefit from the situation,” he said.


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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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