Dehradun, 29 Jan 2008
The redefining of Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in the recent delimitation process has affected the political fate of many Uttarakhand stalwarts.
From state Congress president Mr Yashpal Arya to its former chief Mr Harish Rawat and state BJP president Mr Bachi Singh Rawat to chief minister Maj-Gen BC Khanduri, all of them would have to redefine their individual political work areas.
With this delimitation, six Assembly constituencies of Dhumakot, Kanalichina, Bironkhal, Kanda, Bhikiasain and Nandprayag of Almora, Pauri, Bageshwar, Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts would cease to exist.
An equal number of new constituencies would be added to the plain districts of Hardwar, Nainital, Dehradun and US Nagar. The Lok Sabha constituencies have also undergone a drastic change. The situation has put at stake the political fate of many senior leaders of the hill state.
The Dhumakot Assembly seat is being represented by Maj-Gen Khanduri. For another stint at the Assembly, the chief minister would have to look for another seat.
Same would be the case with the senior Uttarakhand Kranti Dal leader Mr Kashi Singh Aery , who would have to look for another seat after losing the Kanalichina seat from where he had been contesting.
Former state minister Mrs Amrita Rawat had been representing the Bironkhal seat in the Assembly for the second time. It is called her husband, Mr Harish Rawat’s citadel. But she would also have to look for another seat and generate a new mass following.
Mr Arya would also be in trouble. He contests elections from the Mukteshwar seat, which is reserved but after the delimitation, the seat would lose the reserved status. Mr Arya may not be able to get an easy win. The Almora Lok Sabha seat represented by Mr Bachi Singh Rawat for three consecutive times would be a reserved seat. This seat is also the political battlefield of Congress leader Mr Harish Rawat who had represented it thrice. The arch rivals would have to scout around for another constituency after the delimitation.The Hardwar Lok Sabha seat, at present reserved, would be a general seat and put at stake the political claim of the Samajwadi Party state president Mr Amrish Kumar.
The delimitation is affecting almost every leading political party. From time to time, the UKD and the Congress have opposed it. Even the BJP is unhappy and the chief minister had said that he would pursue the case with the Centre and request it to maintain status quo.
News Source: http://www.thestatesman.net