UKD factions take united stand, meeting scheduled for Nov 7
Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, constituted in 1979 to seek a separate state of Uttarakhand, is today a divided house.
Its founding members and long time agitators now head different factions of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal.
The only regional party in the state finds its relevance being marginalised and has only a lone representation in the state assembly.
But efforts seem to have begun to bring the different factions of UKD under one umbrella and make it a relevant player in the polity of the state.
The move may, however, not give the desired result looking at the rigid stand adopted by the different factions, who all claim to be the real Uttarakhand Kranti Dal.
Trivendra Singh Panwar, who heads one of the factions of the UKD, said there was no basis for any unity meeting, adding his party would never participate in any such moves in the future either.
He said the unity move was being initiated by those who have already been expelled from the party.
"We have already removed them from the party because they were either sympathisers of the Congress or the BJP and we would never have any liaison with them," said Panwar.
However, AP Juyal, one of founding members of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, who now heads another faction of the party said, "We have convened a meeting of all factions of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal on November 7 and 8 at the Shivaji Dharmshala in Dehradun with the aim of uniting all under one banner."
He said the factions of Diwakar Bhatt, Dwarika Prasad Uniyal, Captain Lakshman Singh Chuphal, AP Juyal have consented to the unity move.
Besides them, Kashi Singh Aeri has also approved of the unity decision, he added.
Juyal said they would give a representation to the Election Commission saying they are the real UKD and seek the party symbol and the name.
UKD Aeri faction officiating president Harish Pathak, however, said they have not received any intimation about the proposed meeting.
"There is no relevance of our joining the meeting as we are the real Uttarakhand Kranti Dal," said Pathak.
He, however, added all the factions can extend support to the Aeri group and recognise it as the real UKD.