Cong MLA on hunger strike in assembly



Dehra Dun: Congress MLA Kishore Upadhyay on Monday went on a hunger strike in the Uttarakhand assembly to protest what he alleged state government's callous attitude in solving problems relating to his Tehri constituency.

Upadhyay, who sat in the well along with other party MLAs, said his hunger strike would continue till the state government fulfilled all his long-standing demands.

Setting up a university at Ranichauri in Tehri, opening of schools, colleges and hospitals, developing infrastructural facilities and starting water-tourism activities in the Tehri dam lake are among 25 demands put up by the legislator.

Upadhayay alleged the state government had failed to fulfil its promises to the people of Tehri who, he said, had sacrificed their homes and lands for the construction of 2400 MW hydro-electric project.

Upadhyay had organised a musical rally on Sunday to wake up the state government from what he said deep slumber.

The rally was attended by nearly all top party leaders including Union Minister of State for Agriculture Harish Rawat besides Congress workers.

In the previous assembly session, Upadhyay had staged a sit-in in support of his demands.

PTI