UKD unlikely to withdraw support to BJP government despite grudges

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Dehradun, Dec 4 (UNI) Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, an ally of the BJP government in Uttarakhand, is unlikely to withdraw its support to the government despite a few complaints against it, UKD central president Dr Narain Singh Jantwal today said.

"Though we have supported BJP in forming the government in the state in initial stage with our 9-point stand, no expected progress has been made so far," he said.

Addressing the media for the first time after being elected president of the party, Dr Jantwal said that except a few demands of his party, there was still a lot to be done especially on permanent capital issue. He said one of the prominent UKD demands included Garsain to be made permanent capital of the state.

On withdrawal of support due to dissatisfaction with the BJP government's progress on his party's demands, he said "it is too premature to say anything". He added that, however, his party would hold regular review meetings in future and then take an appropriate decision.

Mr Janthwal said his party was keen on fielding its own candidates in the upcoming local body elections. However, if proposed by BJP his party was not averse to a compromise on the candidature, he added.

On BJP government's performance in the past eight months, he said his party was on the whole satisfied despite a few grouse.

The UKD had extended support to BJP to form the government in the state when it had fallen short of a few members after Assembly elections in February this year, contingent on the implementation of its 9-point demand charter.

UNI

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