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Activists on fast demanding Gairsain as capital, shifted to Doon hospital

Though the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised to make Gairsain as the summer capital of the state, the government, however, did not make any commitment on the issue during the winter session that concluded at Gairsain last week, following which a group of statehood activists continued with the fast.

dehradun Updated: Dec 12, 2017 20:54 IST
HT Correspondent
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The statehood activists demanding capital in Gairsain fast at Doon hospital.(Vinay S Kumar/HT Photo)

Dehradun

Four statehood activists, who were on a fast-unto-death demanding that Gairsain be made the capital of the state, were forcibly shifted to Dehradun and admitted at a city hospital.

Though the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised to make Gairsain as the summer capital of the state, the government, however, did not make any commitment on the issue during the winter session that concluded at Gairsain last week, following which a group of statehood activists continued with the fast.

Praveen Singh from Delhi, Ram Krishna Tiwari from Rishikesh, Mahesh Chandra Pandey from Bageshwar and Vinod Juglan from Rishikesh undertook a padyatra from Nainital to Gairsain, demanding that the hill town be declared as Uttarakhand’s permanent capital and setting up a separate department to monitor prohibition of liquor in the state.

The Gairsain administration late on December 10 picked the four activists and brought them to Dehradun where they were admitted at the Doon hospital.

Barring Tiwari, who ill, the activists said they will be continuing the fast until the government accepts their demands.

“We want the state government to make Gairsain the permanent capital so that offices ofthe chief secretary, the director general of police shifted to the hill town and people of the hills can approach officials with their grievances,” said Praveen Singh, who is continuing the fast unto death from his hospital bed.

Senior BJP leader and statehood activist Ravindra Jugran said the government should consider the demand of making Gairsain the capital of state.

“Be it migration from the hills or uneven distribution of services--everything will be under control once capital is shifted to Gairsain,” he said.

“We fail to understand why the government is hesitant when no one is opposing the idea.”

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 20:54 IST