Farming is no longer a lucrative option for the new generation in Tehri Garhwal. The youths are easily lured by greener pastures abroad, writes Anupam Trivedi
In a marked departure from her Roorkee election address, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday tried to appease the voters of Kumaon region by focusing her speech mainly on hills areas of the state.
Almost 1,550 government employees, who will be posted on election duty, have exercised their right to franchise in the last three days, during the training session going on at Forest Research Institute (FRI) and MN Gosh Auditorium in ONGC in Dehradun.
While the town is abuzz with the discussions about candidates and their prospects in the election, the role of Election Commission has not escaped anybody's attention.
The district administration of Dehradun is yet to initiate confidence-building measures in the district, as directed by the Election Commission of India, to bolster the voter's confidence about the arrangements for free and fair poll.
Come election season and politicians will do anything to entice the electorate-mammoth hoardings, massive rallies generating tonnes of waste, tall claims, bribes and character assassination-nothing is out of bounds as long as the votes come in.
The state Congress committee has urged the state election commission (EC) to take action against chief minister BC Khanduri for publishing advertisements in newspapers that violated the model code of conduct.
Union minister for commerce and industries Anand Sharma has said that change was evident in Uttarakhand. Sharma, who was in Dehradun in support of Congress candidates, accused the BJP government of dumping funds released by the UPA government for development in the hill state.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's public address at Rudrapur on Friday has boosted the confidence of the nine Congress candidates of Udham Singh Nagar.
Corruption-free governance, providing land to the landless, introducing people-friendly rehabilitation and disaster management policies besides ensuring jobs for the unemployed youth are some of the several promises included in the manifesto of the CPI-ML for the ensuing assembly elections released recently.
Migration from hills is rampant. Ironically, the issue remains missing from manifestos of major political parties in the state, writes Anupam Trivedi.
Famous folk singer Narendra Singh Negi addressed a public meeting in Pauri from the United Raksha Morcha (URM) forum on Friday.
Lying on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Kotdwar during this election will witness a one-to-one combat between chief minister Maj Gen (Retd) BC Khanduri of BJP and former minister Surendra Singh Negi of Congress. Nihi Sharma Sahanin reports.
Riding on an anti-incumbency wave, the Congress is hoping to win the Uttarakhand poll. However, there seem to be 'speed breakers' coming in the way of top leaders as they are stuck between rebels and complex local equations.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has proved to be a 'saviour' for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) many a times in the past, has once again found prominence in the party's poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.