Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Sunday termed the success of Grand Alliance in Bihar polls as the "victory of secularism and propagators of development" and said that an alliance like Mahagathbandhan is needed in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to poll in 2017.
Peeved at Chief Minister Harish Rawat's alleged refusal to meet the wife and son of a jailed BJP MLA and booking them on charges of breach of peace, BJP in Uttarakhand on Monday said all its MLAs will stage a demonstration outside CM's residence on October 5 and protest against the state government's "growing arrogance and disregard for democratic norms."
On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Rishikesh on Friday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Thursday wrote to him seeking release of remaining Rs 1200 crore of the package cleared by the Centre for the state to deal with effects of the devastating natural calamity of 2013.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has sought a special assistance of Rs 500 crore from the Centre for the safe conduct of Ardhakumbh Mela during which huge crowds of devotees are likely to converge on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar.
BJP today hit back at Chief Minister Harish Rawat for his remark that he was ready for a judicial probe into the sting video episode if BJP produced the original CD and said the Uttarakhand CM was once again "shying away" from a high-level probe into the matter.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said he was ready for a judicial probe into the sting CD episode if the main Opposition party BJP is able to produce the original CD, the instruments used in the sting and the documents in support of its allegations.
IAS officer and former personal secretary to Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat, Mohammed Shahid, who was seen in a purported sting CD showing him negotiating a bribery deal, has been relieved by the Uttarakhand government and sent back to Centre, as per news reports on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday accused the BJP government at the Centre of "quietly" withdrawing the special category status from Uttarakhand and said the state has now demanded special economic incentives in recognition of its environment conservation efforts.