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Have always favoured for inclusion of Saharanpur in Uttarakhand: CM Trivendra Singh Rawat

CM Trivendra Singh Rawat’s statement that he was in favour of Saharanpur (a district which is currently a part of Uttar Pradesh) being included in Uttarakhand has yet again given birth to speculations of inclusion of some plain areas of the adjoining state in the hill state. This is not for the first time when a BJP leader has raised the issue. Some time back, forest minister Harak Singh Rawat too had raised the point of including some villages of Bijnor district – adjoining the state – in Uttarakhand.

CM Rawat was in Saharanpur on Tuesday to attend a religious function, where he was the chief guest, in Behat Road area. When asked about his feelings for the district and the possibilities of its inclusion in Uttarakhand, Rawat said that Saharanpur has “a deep social and commercial relationship with the rest of Uttarakhand.” Often the people of Saharanpur in the last few years have raised their demand of being included in the Himalayan state.

Going a step beyond the CM further added that at the time of state formation in 2000 and presently too he was in favour of inclusion of Saharanpur into Uttarakhand – a Himalayan state which has 13 districts and a population of slightly over 1 crore. He did not fail to mention that at the time of formation of state efforts were made in this regard but things didn’t work out eventually.

However, when contacted, a source in the CM office denied any such move to merge some part of UP or a district of the adjoining state in Uttarakhand. “It was the opinion of the CM, which he expressed when asked about the issue. Nothing is being done in this regard nor has there been any word between the two states on the issue,” he added.

Notably, forest minister Harak Singh Rawat had also spoken about including parts of Bijnor district in Uttarakhand. According to Harak, these villages were adjoining the Pauri district and were dependent on Kotdwar for education, medicine and market facilities.

News credit: TimesofIndia

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