Saturday 13 April 2013

UKD to field 200+ candidates in Uttarakhand Local Bodies' Elections

Written by Anil Singh

Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD), the political party credited for the creation of the separate state of Uttarakhand (founded in 60s for autonomy and later statehood for Uttarakhand ) has decided to field 200+ candidates in Uttarakhand Local Bodies' Elections. This is great move.

Uttarakhand's only regional party, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, has been raising pro Uttarakhand people issues for long. The only disadvantage it has faced in recent years is a loss of supporters to national parties like BJP and Congress. But since, UKD has not derailed much from its pro Uttarakhand ideology; it can still regain the lost voters and also attract new ones. Casting a wider net in Uttarakhand Local Bodies' Elections is a good step to do that. Even if its candidates fail to win seats, this will enable UKD to convey its philosophy to the people.

Notably, UKD has withdrawn support to the government, a move for which senior leaders are upset, but party president Trivendra Singh Panwar insists on the rightness of the move. That apart, UKD has recently lost its status of a state-level party and now counts among the "recognized" parties. Fielding candidates in more Uttarakhand elections may prove a revival for the party.

In addition to state level politics; UKD should do two things:

1) Increase its presence in Colleges

2) Make strategic alliances in Lok Sabha elections.

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