Sunday, 11 March 2012

March 30 election for RS seat in Uttarakhand should make us think

Written by Anil Singh

The election for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Uttarakhand will be held on March 30, 2012.

The notification for the biennial election would be issued on March 12, informed State Chief Electoral Officer Radha Raturi on Saturday.

The seat is currently being held by Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi whose tenure expires on April 2.

Uttarakhand has 3 seats in Rajya Sabha.

This should make us think:

Congress Leader, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, who has his political base in Madhya Pradesh, is the Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand; Before him, Smt. Sushma Swaraj of BJP, who has Delhi as her political battleground, represented Uttarakhand in the Rajya Sabha.

The fact that, both Mr. Chatuvedi and Mrs. Swaraj, don’t know Uttarakhand at all; hence they can’t become a useful voice for the state in Rajya Sabaha. This should make us think.

Some of the biggest states in India, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have successfully moved towards regional parties – DMK & AIDMK in Tamil Nadu and SP & BSP in UP. Why not Uttarakhand? If powerful regional parties rule the state, then Uttarakhand can send to Rajya Sabha, politicians who are connected to the Uttarakhand. Remember, if national parties rule any state, they treat RS seats, as an excuse to accommodate those of their leaders, who they fear can go to oblivion.

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