Uttarakhand Kranti Dal
|Uttarakhand Kranti Dal
उत्तराखण्ड क्रान्ति दल
|Leader||Kashi Singh Airy|
|Politics of India
The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (हिन्दी- उत्तराखण्ड क्रान्ति दल) (UKD), or Uttarakhand Revolutionary Party, is a regional political party in India. It bills itself as the only regional party of the Uttarakhand Himalayas, in contrast to the national parties that dominate the region's politics.
The UKD was established on 26 July 1979 to fight for a separate state composed of the hill districts of Uttar Pradesh. The founding convention was chaired by Dr. D.D. Pant, former vice-chancellor of Kumaun University.Under the young leadership of Mr. Kashi Singh Airy who took the charge of struggle and public agitation and the aim was finally achieved, when the separate Uttarancha state was formed on 9 November 2000, later renamed Uttarakhand. However, in the first ever state assembly elections in 2002, the party won only four out of 70 seats, and was outmaneuvered by the Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), both despite being late comers to the separate state movement, succeeded in capturing its momentum for electoral gain and formed governments in the state
So far, the UKD has not been able to achieve its ostensible goal in establishing a viable "third force" in Uttarakhand politics due to splits and divisions within its ranks. However, it maintains friendly relations with left parties in the state such as the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), and other minor Uttarakhand parties and social movements.
The party has taken on various campaigns in the past geared towards the social and economic uplift of highlanders. The party has however embraced a number of causes of concern to the diversity of peoples living in Uttarakhand, defining the Uttarakhandi identity in broad and inclusive terms. As such, its ideology of civic as opposed to ethnic regionalism can be compared to other centre-left nationalist parties like the Scottish National Party or Plaid Cymru, although its orientation and goals are emphatically non-secessionist.
The party’s face is Mr Kashi Singh Airy, a prominent leader of Uttarakhand movement and the senior most leader of uttarakhand kranti dal, who was elected for Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha three times (1985–1989, 1989–1991, 1993–1996) and was elected for first Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha and had remained president of UKD,The current president of the party is Mr Kashi Singh Airy, vice president Sri Bhuwan Chandra Joshi and Beena Bahuguna, Senior Rajya Andolankari and most prominent lady face of Uttarakhand Andolan who fought from the forefront in the creation of Uttrakhand state. late Sri Jaswant singh Bisht was the first elected MLA from Ranikhet constituency. Other personalities include the late Indramani Badoni, late Bipin Chandra Tripathi founder members and long time agitators for the separate state movement. The new formation and adding new forces with many new leaders are coming Like Mujib Naithani, the young dynamic, cooperative, optimistic and yet having good relations with all party leaders, because he says we are here for the development of people of Uttarakhand and the leaders of other parties are first Uttarakhandi. Vijay Panwar urf Kaku Bhai in Tehri, Sudharshan Negi from Pauri, Piyush Pokhriyal From Kirti Nagar, Satish Semwal from Gopeshwar. Technically now leadership change will have to work hard with hardworking youth politicians.
At the January 2012 state elections, the party won only 1 of the 70 seats, but because neither the Congress nor the BJP received a majority, the UKD took an important role in forming the next government as it chose to support the congress, which was much closer to having a majority compared to the BJP, and the congress formed the government in March 2012.
Members of 2007 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
|Constituency No||Constituency||Elected Member|
- "Uttarakhand Kranti Dal finally makes the cut". Indian Express. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
- "Khanduri to be new Uttarakhand CM". Rediff.com. 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
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- Web site established by UKD supporters.
- उत्तराखण्ड क्रान्ति दल का इतिहास
- A video of public meeting of UKD
- Uttarakhand Solidarity Network Web Portal Library with district maps and election results
- Beena Bahuguna
- Inauguration of Soharthm Hon'ble Dr. Justice A.R. Lakshmanan