As winter sets in, undecided government faces heat on Gairsain
The winter session of the state assembly is due before December end.Updated: Oct 23, 2017 20:56 IST
DEHRADUN: Indicating the BJP government’s indecision over the emotive Pahari demand for a permanent capital, Uttarakhand assembly speaker Premchand Agarwal on Monday assured the people that a final decision would be taken “soon” on holding the next assembly session at Gairsain.
The winter session of the state assembly is due before December end.
“So far, no decision has been taken if the next assembly session will be held in Gairsain or not. But, we will soon take a final call on it,” Agarwal told the media while announcing that the assembly secretariat would organise its two-day orientation program for state legislators on October 26 and 27.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit, former UP MLA Lakshmikant Vajpayee and former Lok Sabha secretary general GC Malhotra will address the MLAs at the two-day event.
Replying a query on the NGT notice to the state assembly over violation of environment norms in construction of a mini secretariat at Bhararisain, Agarwal said response would be submitted to the tribunal in time.
The speaker’s statement came at a time when speculation is rife that the Trivendra Singh Rawat-led BJP government has ‘dumped’ Gairsain as a seat to hold assembly sessions — a proposition first raised by the erstwhile Harish Rawat-led Congress government in 2014. The BJP government is dragging its feet on the issue of holding assembly session in Gairsain ever since it assumed power in March. This has given the opposition Congress a stick to beat the BJP and the state government
Without missing any opportunity to hit out at the government, the Congress party alleged that the BJP government was against the idea of developing Garsain as a second destination for holding legislative functions of the state government. “The Congress party has already made its stand clear over Gairsain but why BJP is shying away from it? The ruling party must come forthright on Gairsain which was almost converted into second capital of the state by the Congress government,” senior party leader and Congress city president Prithviraj Chauhan demanded.
First Published: Oct 23, 2017 20:56 IST