UP-Uttarakhand settlement: Rawat says Dhami ‘surrendered’ pursuits of state

Senior Congress chief and former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat on Saturday alleged that Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has “surrendered” to his Uttar Pradesh counterpart over an settlement between the 2 states on the division of belongings and liabilities.

Uttarakhand was carved out of UP in 2000.

Rawat advised reporters in Dehradun that the Congress will oppose this within the state Assembly and can name on Governor Lt Gen (retd) Gurmit Singh in opposition to the settlement. The former chief minister stated that the celebration can even discover authorized methods to oppose the settlement.

“It is our allegation that in the meeting of Thursday between two Chief Ministers, not only the present rights of Uttarakhand have been sold out to Uttar Pradesh, but even the future rights related to water have been handed over. A state CM is a state CM and is the advocate of the rights of their state. It appears that Uttarakhand CM has completely surrendered to the national stature of UP CM. I feel sad that Uttarakhand CM appeared very small in front of UP CM in advocating the welfare of Uttarakhand,” he stated.

Rawat was referring to Dhami’s assembly with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on division of the 2 states’ liabilities and belongings. After the assembly, Dhami thanked Adityanath for his cooperation stated that Uttarakhand was like UP’s youthful brother. “Yogi ji accepted our words openly. Our motto is respect for all and development of all. The relationship between UP and Uttarakhand will grow stronger now,” he had stated.

The settlement signed on Thursday got here to a possible decision on division of land and buildings beneath the management of the UP irrigation division, pending dues to the Uttarakhand Forest Department, amongst different points. It was additionally determined that tourism and water sports activities will probably be allowed for Uttarakhand in Udham Singh Nagar district and the Upper Ganga canal at Roorkee.

On Saturday, Rawat stated that in 2018, it was proposed by each the BJP state governments that irrigation division belongings will probably be divided on a method of 75-25, with Uttarakhand getting the bigger chunk. This was opposed by the Congress even then, and now they’re saying there will probably be a survey earlier than a choice is made, he alleged.

“During our time there was a theoretical agreement on the waterbodies of Baigula and Nanak Sagar, but today instead of going forward on that, we went backward. Now the achievement (of the new agreement) is that we got the right of rafting. This means that we agreed to UP’s right on these bodies and their water and all we want is tourism rights,” he stated, including that as per the regulation the possession goes to whoever’s land it’s located.

BJP spokesperson Shadab Shams stated that Rawat is questioning the settlement solely as a result of he did not do it throughout his tenure as CM. “All I want to say is that Harish Rawat ji was failed on this issue even though his leader Rahul Gandhi once formed an alliance with former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav. This agreement between the two CMs is in favour of Uttarakhand and the reaction from Congress shows that they did not want this matter to be resolved. The agreement will help both the states and that is for sure,” stated Shams.

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