On the 78th anniversary of the August Revolution, Congress National General Secretary and former Chief Minister Harish Rawat, at the Ramlila Maidan in Garrison, unfurled the tricolor and saluted the martyrs of the freedom movement by bringing back memories of the Quit India movement. During this, he also attacked the state government fiercely. Rawat who visited Gairsain in Chamoli district on Sunday along with his supporters taunted chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat for going slow on the new capital.
Harish Rawat who visited the Assembly building in Gairsain and other residential establishments, attacked the BJP government saying, “After about three and a half years of this government, not a single new brick has been laid for any construction here. All existing construction was done during my government.”
The former CM said that CM Trivendra Singh Rawat declared Gairsain as the summer capital to save the chair. The result of this is that even after four months of being declared the summer capital, there is no development here.
It is to be noted that Gairsain was declared the state summer capital by CM Trivendra Singh Rawat during the budget session on March 4 amid intense politicking between BJP and the opposition Congress.
Harish Rawat pointed out “there is no indication in any region of the state that Gairsain is the capital of the state. Signboards indicating Gairsain as the Capital are not to be seen anywhere, and this shows the mindset of the BJP government of the state.”
Rawat also took the opportunity to deny factionalism in the party, saying that under the democratic system, the party worker is free to make his point, which the BJP is calling factionalism.
Former speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal, MLA Manoj Rawat, former MLA AP Makhuri, former MLA Lalit Farswan, HemeshKharkwal, Manoj Tiwari, Ganesh Godiyal, State Spokesperson Suresh Bisht, Harikrishna Bhatt, Congress District President Birendra Singh Rawat, Pitamber Dutt, Kiran Bisht, Sumati Bisht, Deepak Kirola, Kunwar Singh, Surendra Singh, Ishwar Bisht, Dhaniram, Mohan Tamta, etc. District and Block President of all the districts were present.
Former Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal, who arrived at Gairsain on the occasion of August revolution, said that in three years, the government has not done any work for the capital. However, the announcement of summer capital has only tricked the public. Former deputy speaker Anusuya Prasad Makhuri said that the works which started in the Congress tenure are still stuck there and on the occasion of the August Revolution, he supported the proposal to make Grasain a permanent capital in accordance with the sentiments of the workers and to continue the struggle for it.
The Uttarakhand Emergency Operations Center has issued a high alert of heavy to very heavy rainfall till August 13 in some areas of eight districts of the state including Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri.
In this regard, instructions have been issued to all the district collectors to take precautions. In a letter issued by the Joint Secretary of the Center, Pradeep Joshi, there was a possibility of heavy to very heavy rain and lightning at some places in Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Nainital, Udhamsinghnagar, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Chamoli.
In such situations, measures have been asked to take public safety. District magistrates have been asked to control the movement of people. Take immediate terrestrial action on the situation of disaster and accident and inform the control room. Designated officers have been asked to be on alert for all IAS systems of disaster management.